Dr Michael Fullilove of the Lowy Institute (founded by Mr Frank "Westfield" Lowy) applauds the fact there is a large number of Australian expats working abroad, which he believes improves our image as hard workers, and possibly strengthens relations and increases foreign investment. With around a million Aussies overseas at any given time (and about three quarters of them living and working permanently), it's not hard to see how Fullilove comes to these conclusions.
Remarkably, Aussies have climbed some impressive ladders over the years. The head of both MacDonald's and British Airways are Australian, as was the head of Ford until a couple years ago. Perhaps an abundance of Aussie talent, the so-called "gold collared" workers, overseas partly explains why there are Scottish expats heading 3 or 4 of our main banks. Or are Scots just drawn to money and power?
Despite our humble beginnings and an image of being a bunch of beer-drinking yobs* a journalist at The Times of London, seeking to explain the number of Australians leading British cultural institutions, wrote: “Aussies are seen as competent, confident, smart, cultivated
and literate.” Well, I guess he had to. The editor of The Times was indeed an Aussie.
*Actually, wines sales have been on the increase for sometime now, hence Fosters' investment in a number of wine labels.