something that has always intrigued and enchanted me. I think is because it is involved in the
creation of the Australian civilisation, a project which will never end.
of Government is to wield power and if this is done well it brings justice and
fairness to the people and defends them from their enemies. The role of Industry and Commerce is to
produce goods and services and create wealth which benefits everyone. The role of Tertiary Education is to create a
civilisation and maintain it into the future.
The less interference it gets from Government and Industry, the more it
will succeed (I wish there was a metric for interference, but it is just about
the only thing that is not measured).
manufacture the future because we shape the young minds of the world, and
challenge the older minds continuously.
the cusp of retirement it gave me cause to stop and think. I eventually found what best expressed my
situation in Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem on the death of Arthur. Here is Arthur Pendragon, the first King of
the English, speaking from his death bed:
“The old order changeth, yielding
place to the new.
And God fulfils himself in many ways
Lest one good custom should corrupt
been involved in sustaining ATEM for a long time and that time had to run out. Arthur was right. There are “many ways” to choose from: and the young must have the space in which
they can freely do the choosing.
of the older generations, and by that I mean the over 70s, is to give
unconditional loving guidance when it is asked for, and not when it isn’t.
fortunate to be a member of two organisations that do that. The ATEM Emeritus Chapter (The Ghosts) http://www.atem.org.au/about-us/emeritus-chapter
are there when we are needed by ATEM. We
also raise funds for the ATEM Foundation by indulging in a bit of measured carousing
at an annual lunch. The price of the
lunch is set in a way which encourages the Ghosts to be seen as an elite.
one is very similar in nature. It is the
ANU Emeritus Faculty which consists of 174 retired members of staff. http://www.anu.edu.au/emeritus
. This Faculty has the highest death
rate and the lowest rate of resignation in the ANU. It has more members that the Faculty of Law
and more money in the bank than the Faculty of Arts. We do not ask for money from the ANU, but they
do provide us with a room for which we are forever grateful.
conclude by thanking Stephen Weller, the ATEM Council and the ATEM Secretariat,
for honouring me with the President’s Award.
It is a great privilege to be recognised in this way. Thank you also to all of ATEM for what you
are doing to help create a civilisation.