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The Disunited States of Australia

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“I am, you are, we are Australian”, wrote The Seekers in a beautiful expression of national identity that spans our very diverse origins. While through COVID-10 we ought to feel especially blessed to live on this remote, island nation, the experience has highlighted the structural essence of our nation like nothing else could. As most Australians know, our country is a federation of states that were originally separate self-governing colonies, and chose to come together…

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Dan Andrews Has Lost Our Trust

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Why is this state different from all other states? There are no simple answers. We are still in the “fog of war” (albeit slightly less foggy than a few months ago), and we won’t get to the bottom of this for a while yet. We don’t know if the second wave has peaked. We don’t know if there won’t be further waves (here or in other states). The judicial inquiry is barely getting started. We…

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Superbowl LIV Preview

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In Australia, we would say this year’s match up of two teams who haven’t made a Superbowl for a while is “good for football”, and indeed the entire post-season thus far has been one of the better ones in recent years. Yes, I enjoyed seeing the Pats bundled out early. Maybe I’m indulging in schadenfreude, and maybe I just think it’s time for some other teams to shine (probably both). I really enjoyed the Titans…

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Three Family Lessons from Megxit

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With the global media. online or otherwise buzzing about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s exit (dubbed Megxit) from the British Royal senior family, David writes on LinkedIn, about the communication and methods of doing the same crucial for a family to function well. He puts this through the perspective of famous families and the tier Royal families hold even among these families constantly in limelight.

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Dieting and Judaism: not a slimming mix

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Starting off a new healthier lifestyle is always more difficult than making the resolution to do so. In this article for The Times of Israel, David talks about the Jewish-specific challenges of dieting – the social aspects of eating at Shabbat and Jewish Holidays, the mixed messages we get from Jewish parents, and how difficult it is to give up foods that you love and are bad for you.

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How not to treat an ally

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Writing for Times of Israel, David discusses how USA’s presidents take riskier actions in their last couple of months in the office of their second terms. He puts this in terms of Obama and Kerry’s abstaining to vote in the UN on the Israel issue after not treating their allies right. They had tried to be on the winning side of battles in this conflicted area. He perceives this through the lens of True Goodness…

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Conflict Resolution in Wealthy Families

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Conflict resolution is always difficult, even more if it is between families. David writes for Opalesque about family conflict resolution, especially in wealthy families. He discusses the conflict resolution model based on Harvard’s ‘Getting to Yes‘ negotiation theory. He explains the powers-rights-interests framework detailed with a case study that makes for easy understanding of a complex topic.

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Yeshivah Centre eyes Lyon for top job

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With the recent departure of their senior coach, it has been revealed that former Fremantle coach Ross Lyon is a “front and centre” contender for the top role at the Yeshivah Centre. Following years of club turmoil and poor performance, the Yeshivah Centre engaged KPMG to undertake a comprehensive review of operations, and in an unusual move also requested a forensic examination of the club’s game plan over the last forty years. As one director…

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Perspectives on the disclosure of information to beneficiaries of family trusts

Perspectives on the disclosure of information to beneficiaries of family trusts

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David co-wrote this article with Henry Brandts-Giesen for the https://www.lawsociety.org.nz/news/lawtalk/issue-931/perspectives-on-the-disclosure-of-information-to-beneficiaries-of-family-trusts/ about two different perspectives on information disclosures for https://www.lawsociety.org.nz/news/lawtalk/issue-931/perspectives-on-the-disclosure-of-information-to-beneficiaries-of-family-trusts/. He discusses the the humanistic perspective while Henry discusses the legal view of it. They put forward the trustee’s obligations and rights in this article. For additional in-depth, thought-provoking discussion points and commentary on family and business, sign-up to gain access to the archives of my Familosophy newsletter (formerly Family Matters): https://www.transitionbook.co/member-area/6cf3b890596 or book a call…

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The Hard Road to Democracy

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Breaking news at the Yeshivah Centre: switching to a new legal structure (that is largely similar to the previous one but splits members into two overlapping groups), and then giving everyone the vote does not instantly result in a well-functioning democracy. And in other breaking news, gravity causes objects to fall to the ground. If we look back through history, the journey from feudalism or monarchy to democracy is usually accompanied by revolution and civil…

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