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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 2 April 2016
NEWS 4 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 2 APRIL 2016 Liveris warns of Trump phenomenon Dow Chemical CEO spends Easter with the Turnbulls On a whistle-stop visit to Australia, US business tycoon Andrew Liveris shared his views on boosting the Australian economy, the dangers of ignoring Donald Trump, and voters' disillusionment with governments and the business community worldwide. Speaking at an event in Perth last week, the Darwinborn CEO of Dow Chemicals said the business community has been ignoring - at its peril - the response the Republican presidential candidate had received from the American public. Mr Liveris said the "Trump phenomenon" was down to the billionaire property developer's success in marketing himself to Americans who were disenfranchised from government and business. "All of us in the business community, and maybe we are fooling ourselves, are fundamentally ignoring all of that right now," Mr Liveris told the West Business Events breakfast. Mr Liveris said an explana- tion of Trump's success related to previous US presidents who mastered the power of mass communication. "Now the presidential cycle is bringing us 'the Kardashian presidency'," said Mr Liveris, adding that the only conclusion to be drawn was that "America wants something different. Trump is an incredible marketer of the fantasy of what could be". Sixty-one-year-old Liveris has led Dow for more than a decade and served as a business adviser to President Obama. He is also the founder of The Hellenic Initiative, the US-based philanthropic diaspora organisation set up to assist Greece. While the global business community was "aghast" at Mr Trump's success to date, Mr Liveris tipped Hillary Clinton to win the November election. Turning to Australian politics, he said Malcolm Turnbull, who is a close friend, would retain his role as PM when Australia goes to the polls. After the Perth event Mr Liveris jetted across to Sydney (in Dow's new $85 million Gulfstream jet) to spend the Easter weekend with Mr Turnbull and his wife Lucy at Point Piper. DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Understanding love’s boundaries CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 She says that it is important individuals are not arrogant about their culture, with notions like 'my culture makes more sense or is better than yours' and encourages couples to allow both cultures to play a role in the relationship. The whole premise of the workshops, run in an intimate setting and in small groups, is to raise potential issues early on and to avoid future conflict. "If you haven't got that respect and understanding of how your partner was raised and what that means; if you don't respect that and you mock it because it's different to you, or if you say 'we're not going to do that' because your ancestors didn't do that, we start to have conflict and resentment building up in the relationship, which can lead to breakdown. "We're trying to strengthen that relationship so that it can manage the conflict or the differences, and not break down," she explains. Having worked with people from varying cultural backgrounds, when it comes to Greek Australians in particular, the main issues between couples often revolve around the extended family's involvement and expectations. Malcolm Turnbull Andrew Liveris "The way Greek parents raise their kids is that it's like they foster a dependency, it's not about 'okay you're an adult now, off you go, you've got your own life, your own relationship'. They seek this involvement in their kids' life and unless you're married to another person who has that experience in their family, it can seem really interfering," says Ms Antoniadis. Another common point of conflict is often religion. "I think we [Greek Australians] tend to be a little bit arrogant and dominant in terms of the Greek religion and culture. “What I've noticed is that a lot of couples - even if the child doesn't really subscribe to the religion all that much - are under pressure from the family that 'we have to baptise the kids Orthodox', or 'we have to go to church for Anastasi'." While many non-Greeks may initially seem happy to go along with their partner's way of life, Ms Antoniadis warns that being agreeable may not continue in future. "I get that a lot in my course, people saying 'we're going to be fine, we've talked about that' but then when I talk to couples who have been married and have a couple of kids, they'll say 'we had issues when we had to name the child after his dad', 'they had to be baptised Orthodox and I wasn't comfortable with the ceremony'. "I just warn them that they might be happy now because it's early in the relationship and they're so loved up, but years down the track, if they've sacrificed a lot of their own background for the more dominant culture, resentment starts to grow and you start to feel like 'hang on, why is it always your way?'," she says. But where the first generation were concerned about losing their culture (which is the case for recent migrant groups to Australia from countries such as India and Sudan) as time goes on this is diminishing as an issue for long-established ethnicities. Those born and raised in Australia are now more likely to choose their friendships and romantic partners based on their value system: "I want to know are they a nice person? Are they respectful? It doesn't matter if they don't go to church, or if they don't paint eggs at Easter," states Ms Antoniadis. While she acknowledges that it is a generalisation, in her line of work she finds that people who enter into a relationship with someone from a different culture tend to be more open-minded and are often more educated with greater respect and appreciation for the 'other', evident in last week's workshop. "I didn't have concerns for any of them; I'm actually seeing it as a very positive thing, and I was thinking 'these guys are going to have a very good relationship because they're accepting of each other's different culture, they have good communication skills, they're very openminded, they talk about how they're going to overcome this'," she says. "I don't think they walked away thinking they learnt something new, it was more that it made them feel like they're on the right track." For more information on future workshops, visit www. agws.com.au/ or call (03) 9388 9998.
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