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    Quotes of 2002, part 2
    By Neil Shoebridge, managing editor
    Friday, December 13, 2002

    On December 6, BRW Daily looked at some of the best quotes in what has been a remarkable year for Australian business. The year is not over, but the news keeps coming, with recent developments such as the announcement of a new chief executive at David Jones and a new chairman at AMP, the wrapping up of the HIH Insurance royal commission, Rodney Adler's criminal charges, and so on.

    "I have no doubt that they [the Australian Securities & Investments Commission] pursued me because my name is Whitlam." - Nick Whitlam, after being banned from acting as a company director for five years

    "I cannot ignore the winds that are blowing." - AMP chief executive Paul Batchelor, three weeks before he quit

    "I think we would feel we have failed if AMP were to flounder and be taken over." - AMP chief executive Andrew Mohl

    "I'm sure everybody thinks that when I was chief executive of BHP Billiton, I was way overpaid. And I was, there's no question about it." - Paul Anderson, who was paid $18.4 million in 2001-02

    "It's almost got to the point where the stockmarket is jumping at shadows." - Westpac chief financial officer Phil Chronican

    '"Things we thought were strategic investments have turned out to be fairly nightmarish experiences." - News Corporation executive chairman Rupert Murdoch

    "None of us really understands the full implications of the bursting of the equity bubble in the United States and Europe." - Reserve Bank governor Ian Macfarlane

    "I think the good thing about Enron, which is a bad situation, is that it is going to cause a renewed focus on corporate governance." - Commonwealth Bank managing director David Murray


    "We don't want to regulate Telstra to death. That would be unhealthy." - Federal Communications and Information Technology Minister Richard Alston

    "It's a pretty relentless market and you are only as good as your last innings." - St George Bank chief executive Gail Kelly


    "One of the things that Australia suffers from is a lack of big companies." - Former Tabcorp chief executive Ross Wilson

    "In 25 years experience with the [accounting] profession, I have never seen an auditor go soft on a client because other work was at stake." - Former PricewaterhouseCoopers chief executive John Harvey

    "Look at the senior management, they're all white males." - Former BHP Billiton chief executive Paul Anderson

    "Over-regulation is a terrible force, a destructive force." - ANZ Banking Group chief executive John McFarlane

    "The economy is performing beautifully." - Prime Minister John Howard, in April

    "We hear, understand and share your frustration and disappointment." - David Jones chairman Dick Warburton at the retailer's annual general meeting.

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