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Billionaire developer Harry Triguboff’s big gripe with Sydney

Billionaire developer Harry Triguboff’s big gripe with Sydney

The Daily Telegraph: One of Australia’s richest men has blasted Sydney — with developers saying the city is “closed for business” because of a log jam of red tape causing major headaches for housing developers.
Talking to the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce’s business lunch on Wednesday, billionaire founder and managing director of the Meriton Group, Harry Triguboff, described the struggle to gain approvals for new builds.

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‘Illogical and idiotic’ Meriton’s Harry Triguboff calls for interest rates to drop to pandemic lows

‘Illogical and idiotic’ Meriton’s Harry Triguboff calls for interest rates to drop to pandemic lows

The Daily Telegraph: Billionaire property developer Harry Triguboff has slammed recent moves to raise interest rates, revealing it won’t have the impact the Reserve Bank intends.
In a speech at a luncheon hosted by the Australia-Israeli Chamber of Commerce in NSW, the 89-year old billionaire and real estate developer spoke about a broad range of issues impacting the housing market and his experience in building high rises.

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Compensation proves key to super success

Compensation proves key to super success

Citywide: Speaking at an event held by the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce, Australian Retirement Trust (ART) chair Don Luke said the secret going forward was not about what asset classes funds were focusing on but about having teams of people who were aligned with members’ best interests.

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Big super sizes up financial advice ‘opportunity’

Big super sizes up financial advice ‘opportunity’

Australian Financial Review: Speaking at an Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce event in Sydney on Tuesday the chairmen of Australia’s two largest superannuation funds have backed Treasury’s proposal to overhaul financial advice laws, as they flagged expanding the controversial advice services provided to members.

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“It’s an enabler”: How cyber supports, not stops, innovation and digital transformation

“It’s an enabler”: How cyber supports, not stops, innovation and digital transformation

There is a common golden thread running through digital innovation, transformation and trust – cybersecurity. It makes our digital lives and Australia’s digital economy safer and, as it comes to innovation, helps us move forward more quickly, blocking hazards and adding efficiencies along the way. Last week I was honoured to moderate a fascinating discussion addressing a very topical issue – whether cybersecurity poses a threat to innovation, digital transformation and business growth.

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Corporates Must Step Up Technology Investment to Drive Environmental Sustainability

Corporates Must Step Up Technology Investment to Drive Environmental Sustainability

Technology investment can be a key driver in making corporations more sustainable, agreed sustainability experts Brett Shoemaker, Director Sustainability & National Agenda, Microsoft ANZ Faith Taylor, VP & Global Sustainability Officer, Kyndryl and Dr Jack Dan, Chief Strategy Officer, CDC Data Centres at a recent roundtable lunch with the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce, hosted by Kyndryl, on Sustainability to the Core.

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‘Punching Above Its Weight” Henskens Lauds Israel

‘Punching Above Its Weight” Henskens Lauds Israel

Australian Jewish News: ALISTER Henskens MP saw firsthand how Israel has been “punching above its weight” during a recent Western Sydney Trade Mission to the country, hosted by the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce NSW.
The purpose of the mission was to engage with Israeli government, industry and investors and Henskens, the Minister for Science, Innovation and Technology said he came away with some great ideas.

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Visit to Jerusalem’s War Graves Commission

Visit to Jerusalem’s War Graves Commission

The Australian Jewish News: ALISTER Henskens MP laid a wreath with NSW Jewish Board of Deputies CEO Darren Bark at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in Jerusalem this week.

Henskens, Minister for Science, Innovation and Technology, is currently on an Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce trade mission in Israel. The objective of the visit is to generate valuable and applicable insights, learnings and connections to power business, health and community outcomes for Western Sydney.

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25 years on, the Maccabiah bridge victims remembered

25 years on, the Maccabiah bridge victims remembered

J-Wire: Minister for Science, Innovation and Technology Alister Henskens joined Australian ambassador to Israel Paul Griffiths in laying a wreath on Monday to honour the memory of the four Australians killed in the 1997 Maccabiah bridge collapse disaster. Alister Henskens is currently in Israel to engage with Israeli government, industry and investors, as well as the Western Sydney Trade Mission hosted by the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce (NSW).

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Truth-telling, Recognition and Closing the Gap

Truth-telling, Recognition and Closing the Gap

Plus 61J Media: Aboriginal leaders recognise the long history of Jewish support but know there is much more to do. Aboriginal leaders felt a long-awaited sense of movement when Prime Minister Anthony Albanese pledged to work towards a public vote on enshrining an Aboriginal advisory body within the constitution.

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I’m Struggling to See Way Forward on Recognition, Pat Turner Says

I’m Struggling to See Way Forward on Recognition, Pat Turner Says

The Australian: Labor faces fresh challenges as it works towards a referendum on the Indigenous voice to parliament, with Aboriginal leader Pat Turner revealing she is “struggling” to see a way forward on constitutional recognition and Greens senator Lidia Thorpe saying the nation is not ready for the vote.
The Coalition of Peaks chairwoman also told the Australian-Israeli Chamber of Commerce on Friday that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people had unanswered questions.

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Collaboration Key to Successful Commercialisation and Innovation at Tel Aviv University

Collaboration Key to Successful Commercialisation and Innovation at Tel Aviv University

Universities cannot afford to rest on their reputations but must constantly evolve and innovate with industry partners in today’s world explained Tel Aviv University (TAU) President Professor Ariel Porat, during a recent boardroom lunch with the Australia-Israeli Chamber of Commerce, hosted by KPMG, on Building Academic Innovation Infrastructure for Commercialisation Success.

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Delegation of Firsts

Delegation of Firsts

The Australian Jewish News: WESTERN Sydney Airport CEO Simon Hickey and Greater Cities Commission CEO Elizabeth Mildwater will lead the first ever Western Sydney Delegation to Israel. The Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce (AICC) NSW, in partnership with Business Western Sydney, will be running the delegation from July 8-14.

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The ‘S’ in ESG is missing in action, says former Macquarie Bank boss

The ‘S’ in ESG is missing in action, says former Macquarie Bank boss

Digital Nation: Michael Traill AM, chair of the Social Impact Investment Taskforce, director of For Purpose Investment Partners and former executive director of Macquarie Bank said that in the world of impact investing where much good work has been done for the environment, the social element of ESG has been “missing in action”.

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Investing for Impact – Australia’s National Path Forward

Investing for Impact – Australia’s National Path Forward

Australian Financial Review: Mr Michael Traill told the AICC event, held the week after the federal election, that Big Society Capital had created “a very powerful precedent”, where public funding was matched three-to-one with private capital, delivering investors, including UK banks, a 3.5 per cent to 4 per cent annual return. A local version “would liberate things to be done ethically in the long term that drives returns that sit comfortably on the financial risk reward spectrum,” he said.

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Sydney World Pride Heralded to be Biggest Event Since the Olympics

Sydney World Pride Heralded to be Biggest Event Since the Olympics

Sydney hosting WorldPride in 2023 will put the city back on the international map as progressive, global and inclusive. This was the conclusion of Sydney WorldPride (SWP) CEO Kate Wickett and Margy Osmond, CEO of the Tourism & Transport Forum, who both recently spoke at an Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce Boardroom Lunch on the Business of Pride, sponsored by PwC.

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Social Innovation Accelerator Propels Forward to Prevent Domestic Violence

Social Innovation Accelerator Propels Forward to Prevent Domestic Violence

The Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce New South Wales (AICC) in partnership with Microsoft and Mission Australia, and a broad coalition of government, university, industry, service providers and victim-survivor advocates are creating innovative technology solutions to prevent domestic and family violence (DFV) in Australia. 61 commitments were recently made to move the Social Innovation Accelerator to the next stage.

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Covid19 Learnings and the Future of Healthcare

Covid19 Learnings and the Future of Healthcare

Following an AICC boardroom lunch on The Future of Health Care – Innovation and New Models of Healthcare, supported by PwC, Professor Sir Edward Byrne, Global Chief Medical Officer at Ramsay Health Care shared some of his insights into healthcare models, future challenges and opportunities for collaboration between Israel and Australia.  

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