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CESA E-Newsletter

June 2012

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Featured Contributions

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From the President, Kathleen McKenzie

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The Pursuit of Excellence, Elizabeth Manning Murphy

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Secure Future Productivity, Ramasamy Mahalingam Gerald

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Education is my Passion, Hugh Twaddle

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Understanding Competition Policy, Kathleen McKenzie

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Uniqueness of Human Speech, Cliff Wilson

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From the President

Kathleen McKenzie

Welcome to the first Commercial Education Society of Australia’s e-newsletter – the first in 101 years! The Society’s e-newsletter will be produced twice a year and we invite you to add your thoughts, suggestions and ideas about future articles and, especially, contribute your own writings whether they are short or long. Each contributor will be asked to write a short biography of themselves and their experience.

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The Pursuit of Excellence

Elizabeth Manning Murphy

In memory of the late Tom Cooper, General Secretary, who stood firmly for the pursuit of excellence.

For as long as I can remember, I have never been satisfied with second best. I have always wanted to do the best I could at everything, and I have always encouraged others to do their best too. These days my efforts are concentrated in the editing profession, and I am about to travel to South Africa to run some seminars which I have entitled "Master editing"—yes, there is some deliberate ambiguity there!

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Secure Future Productivity

Ramasamy Mahalingam

The way we live today is actually the result of choices made yesterday and the day before. Decisions we make today will certainly help determine the quality and direction of our life tomorrow. Isn't this true in raising our children and in our family life as it is in our business? My generation was taught to place our obligations above our rights, whereas today's generation place their rights above their obligations.

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Education is my Passion

Hugh Twaddle

Some time ago during a chance meeting of an old friend, who was accompanied by a person I didn't know at the time, I was asked what I did. A simple enough question at the time, however later upon reflection when writing for a presentation, I began to consider again what and why I do what I do.

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Understanding Competition Policy

Kathleen McKenzie

There is a lot of controversy, argument, misinformation, emotion and lack of real understanding of competition policy. We can all see the changes to the public sector and the private sector with vocational education and training (VET). However, we have always believed that that VET did not fit into that category. This is a short overview of competition policy and how it can and does relate to VET.

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Uniqueness of Human Speech

Cliff Wilson

We humans have special equipment for making the units of sound that comprise words and other forms of language. We are able to make consonants and vowels, voiced and unvoiced consonants, we are able to combine sound units, and even to make what are called blends. We get dramatically beyond the stage of just casual or chance production of particular sounds, and we incorporate sounds into meaningful systems.

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The Commercial Education Society of Australia was founded in 1910 and incorporated in 1911 as a non-profit company limited by guarantee. The Society has been accorded the patronage of the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia and honoured with a grant of arms by the Earl Marshall of England. The Society was the first recognized body to offer examinations for vocational education and training (commercial education).

The Society provides a wide range of qualifications to meet the needs of learners of all ages and abilities. It has a tradition of providing low cost educational opportunities without discrimination of any kind. It is dedicated to helping and encouraging colleges and staff to improve their teaching standards through networking with other members. It encourages students and individual candidates to strive for high standards and to reach their potential. The Society offers exams both nationally and internationally.

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