Lloyd Nash (WCLP '11) & Angela Rutter (WCLP '09) Win Australian Leadership Awards
24 May 2012 By Conal Thwaite
On Monday 14 May Dr Lloyd Nash (WCLP ’11) and Ms Angela Rutter (WCLP ’09) both received Australian Leadership Awards.
The awards were presented at the Future Summit by ADC Forum (Australian Davos Connection) to recognise the achievements and contributions of new-generation leaders to shaping Australia’s future.
Lloyd Nash’s VISION FOR AUSTRALIA
“Australia today quite possibly stands on the cusp of greatness. A steady pipeline of reforms has seen Australia become a prosperous nation. However, I harbour an anxiety about the future that greatness may just slip from our grasp as the tone of conversation around both the kitchen table and the cabinet table slides inexorably towards mediocrity. Listening to commentary right now you could be forgiven for thinking that Australia is closer to the cusp of Armageddon than greatness, and I argue that it will take strong leadership from a younger generation to snap us out of this funk. As part of that younger generation of leaders, I would like to see Australia as a proud and open nation of fairness, full of creative energy and innovation.
“My vision for Australia focuses on four main areas:1. An open economy
2. An open society
3. An egalitarian society
4. A creative society
“Opening our economy to the world has unleashed the longest sustained period of economic growth in our history. Now our economy is in transition from an agricultural, industrial and resources intense economy to one that increasingly trades in services. We need to support the transition by reducing trade barriers and removing subsidies and tariffs in protected industries while supporting those affected to engage in the new economy. Australia could become a leader in new industries such as the development of low carbon technologies.
“Australia has also seen the benefits of an open, globally engaged, multicultural society. As a country with a small population, tucked away in Asia, we cannot afford to close our minds to global immigration. The prosperity and vibrant cultural life that we enjoy today is due in no small part to high immigration. Australia should never deny someone access to our civic community on the basis of their race. Our strength is built on our success as an integrated multicultural society where new migrants can proudly claim to be Australian. To achieve this Australia must abandon the punitive approach to asylum seekers, embrace high immigration and demonstrate to the world that Australia is a pleural society.
“In my opinion, the success of any society can be judged on how well prosperity is shared. We need a sense of shared destiny with our fellow Australians. To ensure prosperity is shared, Australia needs to invest in equipping all people with the skills they need to participate in the new economy, and targeting that investment to the most disadvantaged. This will increase the productive capacity of the economy and a progressive tax and transfer system will continue to ensure a healthy standard of living and sense of social inclusion.
“Finally, I want to live in an Australia that not just secures my future but enhances it with an artistic and cultural life that liberates the human spirit from the mundane of the every day, and helps me to imagine alternative realities. Creating the conditions for the arts to flourish is a requisite for a thriving modern economy as it attracts the most dynamic, creative young people who are at the heart of developing a modern future. It may just hurtle us over the precipice to greatness.”
Angela Rutter’s VISION FOR AUSTRALIA
“My vision for Australia is to create a socially and ecologically stronger society through connecting knowledge that exists in the collective mindset. This is best captured in the woiwurrung phrase of the Wurundjeri people ‘jindi woraback’ - to join and unite.
“My vision has two aspects:
“Firstly, to join and unite the ancient wisdom of the first peoples of our land with the broader Australian society. Their ancient wisdom has contemporary application to many of our greatest challenges; ecological sustainability, custodianship for future generations, a deeper connection to our island home which demands a ‘bigger than self’ response. My vision is to engage the thousands of years of knowledge of Australian Aboriginal culture to collectively develop an alternate way of seeing our place and better equip us for the future.
“Secondly, to join and unite our individual professional capabilities with a genuine sense of ongoing and collective civic responsibility through citizen leadership. During ones professional career there are opportunities to have a significant impact on the broader societal agenda however this is rarely deployed with a systemic view. Adopting a systemic view would alter the way in which professional knowledge is used and engaged, and create a deeper commitment to holistic leadership for civic betterment.
“This vision recognises a need for an adaptive approach with an openness to possibility, to innovative collaboration and untried engagement. It doesn’t have a predetermined outcome.
“Through uniting ancient and contemporary knowledge we can address the complexities of the interrelated social and ecological challenges and take hold of the possibilities before us.