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Bilateral Torque 多谋善虑

Senator David Van
Victorian senator of the Australian Parliament
澳大利亚维多利亚州参议员

Senator David Van was born and raised in Melbourne’s bayside suburbs.  Van was elected as a Victorian senator for a six-year term in the Australian Parliament in 2019 representing the centre-right Liberal Party.   

Prior to his election, Senator Van ran his own business specialising in crisis management.  His unique approach to solving reputational problems meant his skills were in demand in Australia and internationally, including Malaysia.   

“Australians and Malaysians share many values and this leads to better outcomes when working together.  I would like to work closely with Malaysia on areas of mutual interest and, where possible, bring Malaysian innovation and investment to Victoria.” 

Senator Van has been a long-time supporter of Victoria’s diverse and multi-cultural demography.  Since his election to the Senate, this experienced and well-liked politician used his position to try and bring the many communities together in Melbourne by regularly hosting consular round tables, ensuring all voices are heard.   

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Senator Van called out on the racism facing international students in Australia.  In a letter to The Star he wrote, “It is unacceptable that anyone should have to put up with such cowardly and reprehensible racist behaviour.  It is utterly un-Australian and is condemned by all Australians.  Every person in Australia – whether they arrived here recently, or their families have walked these lands since time immemorial – should never face aggressive acts based on their heritage.”  

Senator Van also believes strongly that the best way to improve people’s lives is to give them the ‘dignity of work’ in secure, well-paid and safe jobs. A champion for small businesses, this dapper individual has a passion for helping them overcome many hurdles. “Small businesses are the engine room of the Australian economy and enabling them to thrive with lower taxes, less red tape and more opportunity is the best way to give more Australians a secure future.”

He enjoys a wide range of outdoor activities, especially diving and has dived in some of Malaysia’s best dive spots. 

David Van参议员出生和成长在墨尔本的海湾郊区。身为右派的自由党代表,自2019年开始,他当选为维多利亚州的参议员,并且在澳大利亚议会展开了6年的任期。  

在作为参议员前,David Van创立经营一家专门从事危机管理的公司。而解决信誉问题的独特方式也让他的技能在澳大利亚和国际上的获得热烈需求,其中包括在马来西亚。 

“我发现澳大利亚人和马来西亚人有许多趋同的价值观,双方的合作将产生最佳效益。我愿意与马来西亚在感兴趣的共同区域密切合作,并在可能的情况下,将马来西亚的创新和投资带到维多利亚。”

David Van一直以来都是维多利亚多样和多元文化构成的拥护者。他自当选参议员以来,试图运用本身职务之力将墨尔本众多社区联系在一起,定期举办领事圆桌会议,确保维多利亚社群的声音被聆听。  

在COVID-19大流行病期间,他也以参议员的身份呼吁关注在澳大利亚的国际学生面临种族歧视的现象。David在给《星报》的一封信中说:“任何人都无法容忍这种懦弱和应当受到谴责的种族歧视行为。这完全不是澳大利亚的风格,理应被每个澳大利亚人唾弃。在澳大利亚的每一个人,无论是近期抵达,或是他们的家人自古就在这片土地上生活,绝不该因本身传统而遭受类似侵略行为。”

他也坚信,改善人们生活的最好办法是提供一份有保障、报酬优厚、安全的工作,让他们有工作的尊严。他热心协助小型企业克服种种困难,“小型企业是澳大利亚经济的引擎室,使他们能够以较低的税收,减少繁文缛节和获得更多机会,这是给与更多澳大利亚人一个安全未来的最佳方式。”

另外,David Van爱好各种户外活动,尤其是潜水,他曾在马来西亚一些最好的潜水景点体验。

What If You’re An Antiquarian Bookseller 如果你是一名古董书商

Douglas Stewart
Owner of the Douglas Stewart Fine Books Pty. Ltd
Douglas Stewart 精品书有限公司所有者

Douglas began buying and selling books in 1995, while still in high school. Fascinated with some of the oldest prints from the western world, he knew that the perks of doing something he enjoys, would not necessarily be about owning any books.

“Although I may not be able to afford to collect the books that I would want, the great joy about my job is that I get to surround myself with books all day. And then every now and again, one will leave and go into a collector’s home and another one will come in.” 

It gives him a real thrill when books they have rescued occasionally end up in the State or the National Library. What could be better than knowing they are placed into a collection where it will be preserved for future generations.

One of his most exciting moments as a bookseller was dealing with the buying and selling of a single page of the Gutenberg bible, regarded as the first book ever printed in the western world in 1455. While there are no complete copies of the Gutenberg bible left in private hands today, they are available in museums and libraries. 

Following the topics on old and rare books, Douglas further commented on works found closer to our shores, “In China, they had prints made from woodblock and moveable type far earlier than that, probably from the 8th and 9th centuries. And very occasionally you get examples of printings from Asia.”

According to Douglas, the most interesting books to do with Asia are the ones that document first contact. These books dictated some of the westerners’ first encounter with the people from China, Japan, the Philippines and even India. 

“Often the Europeans would bring over a printing press to print books on the ground, perhaps for missions in Japan, China or India. These books are rare because they only print a handful of them. And due to the climate and cultural conditions, only a few of them survived.”

Douglas and his team have also handled some rare books printed on rice paper by missionaries who were travelling around Asia in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Australia also has some remarkable tales of its own. A legendary rarity believed to be the first book on Australia, is a copy of Francois Pelsaert’s  story of the shipwreck of the Batavia, one of Australia’s most gripping in all maritime history. This very first edition of Pelsaert is one of the rarest of Dutch voyages and a foundation book for Australia. Available for purchase for A$400,000, it is the most expensive book they have in stock at the moment. 

While first edition of a shipwreck printed in 1647 may instantly command an exquisite price tag, little ephemeral things from our daily lives can also be a collector’s item. 

“My favorite was an original concert program from Woodstock in 1969. The program was actually water stained because very famously the heavens opened and the rain came down and everybody was completely saturated. And this program obviously caught the rain in Woodstock,” said Douglas.

Between exhibiting at the New York International Antiquarian Book Fair and other book fairs in Los Angeles, Tokyo or Paris, Douglas’ love for art often sees him visiting art galleries and exhibitions even during his travels. “ I love seeing what’s on display because I enjoy seeing what different people value in different parts of the world. And so, I’m always learning.”

For many years Douglas has been a member of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers (ANZAAB), and is currently the President of ANZAAB. He is also a Mentor for the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers.

Douglas Stewart并非一般的书商。他对艺术和旅游的兴趣已经超出大部分人所能享受的范畴。而渴望寻求发现首个被遗忘的长期航海旅行,他最近收购Ferdinand Mendez Pinto的记叙书,这些最早的目击者是巡游马来半岛、暹罗、南圻国,中国和日本的西方人,正是类似事迹激发他作为古董书商的兴致。

在澳大利亚墨尔本的Armadale大街上,他的精品书店-Douglas Stewart Fine Books与其他古董商、画廊和书店为邻,展示着全球各地最稀有的书籍、文本和艺术品。

Douglas从1995年开始进行书本买卖,那时他还在上高中。他着迷于西方世界一些最古老的画作,他知道即使自己非常享受工作,但并非一定能够拥有任何书籍。

“可能买不起我想要的书,但这个工作最大的乐趣是可以整天徜徉在书本的海洋中。然后,时不时有些书本会离我而去,到另外收藏者的家里,而一些书本会进驻。”

当他们所“拯救”的书籍偶尔被送到州或国家图书馆时,他感到非常兴奋。知道它们被妥善收藏,为下一代保存下来,还有比这个更好的事吗?

“在专业本能上来说,我会因为一本书找到合适的归宿而感到快乐。所以,在很多情况下,我们都能找到别人前所未见的书籍版本。”

作为一名身经百战的书商,他最激动人心的时刻之一就是完成古腾堡圣经(Gutenberg bible)单页的买卖交易。古腾堡圣经被认为是西方世界在1455年印刷的第一本书。虽然现在确认没有完整的古腾堡圣经存留在私人收藏者手中了,但是在博物馆和图书馆里都可以找到。

而在触及古老书籍和珍本书籍的话题后,Douglas进一步评论了在澳大利亚近岸发现的作品:“在中国,用木刻和活字印刷的画作远早于此,或是在8世纪和9世纪。偶尔还会收到一些来自亚洲的印刷品。”

根据他的说法,关于亚洲最有趣的部分是那些记录了第一次感受的叙事书籍。这些书籍记录西方人与来自中国、日本、菲律宾甚至印度人的初次接触。

欧洲人经常会带来一台印刷机,在地面上印刷书籍,也许是为了去日本、中国或印度执行任务。这些只印了几本的书很罕见,数量有限。由于气候和文化条件,只有少数能保存下来。”

Douglas和他的团队还经手了17、18世纪在亚洲旅居的传教士用宣纸印刷的珍本书籍。

而澳大利亚也有本身的传奇故事。被认为是关于澳大利亚的第一本书的传奇珍品,是由Francois Pelsaert所著关于巴塔维亚号海难故事的副本,巴塔维亚号海难是澳大利亚海运史上最扣人心弦的故事之一。Francois Pelsaert这本书的第一版是荷兰航海史上最罕见的作品之一,也是澳大利亚的根基书籍。这本书售价40万澳元,是他们目前库存中最昂贵的书籍。

纵然1647年出版的海难第一版书籍是肯定标价不菲,但实际上日常生活中那些记录着转瞬即逝的小东西也可能成为收藏者的珍藏品。

“我最喜欢的是伍德斯托克(Woodstock)1969年一个原创音乐会活动。这个节目演出是充满水渍的,因为当时最经典的是:天堂已经打开下雨了,每个人被雨水渗透。这个活动显然在伍德斯托克与雨水邂逅。”

在纽约国际古董书展(New York International Antiquarian Book Fair)和洛杉矶、东京或巴黎的其他书展之间,Douglas 对艺术的热爱让他经常流连于画廊和展览,甚至在旅行期间也是如此。“我喜欢看展览会,因为从中可以发现世界各地不同的人们所重视的珍品。所以,我一直在学习。”

多年来,Douglas Stewart一直是澳大利亚和新西兰古董书商协会(ANZAAB)的成员,目前是ANZAAB的会长。他也是国际古董书商联盟的导师。

Building a Legacy 创造传奇新时代

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Co-Founder & Group Managing Director of Romano Property Group (RPG)
Romano Property Group (RPG) 联合创始人兼董事总经理

Celebrating 15 years with the Romano Property Group

“The definition of success is having a good business with a clear strategic vision, looking after all stakeholders in your business and being able to provide for your family”.

These are the confident words of Maurice Romano, who has been the co-founder and group managing director of the Romano Property Group (RPG)¸ since 2005. Driven by the ethos of dynamic collaboration and creativity, this market-driven, innovative property development business is 100 per cent privately owned by Maurice Romano and his family since 2016. RPG champions itself in its ability to manage and control a project from its conceptual genesis through all stages of its development cycle by establishing itself as a distinctive, trustworthy and resilient player in the property market.

The Romano family’s professional experience in the art of property construction and development can trace its roots back to when his first-generation Italian immigrant parents settled in Ballarat during the 1960s. “My dad was a solid plasterer and concreter by trade. My parents started a small construction business in renovation, plastering, concreting and building townhouses”, said Mr Romano. His parents were pioneers in the construction of one of the first boutique triple-storey apartments in Ascot Vale. With an entrepreneurial spirit fostered since young, Romano studied a Bachelor of Economics in Melbourne and was told by his father to, “go work for the bank”.

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Despite a series of failed interviews and being told that he simply “didn’t have the right personality for banking”, the persistently diligent young graduate found his niche in sales and marketing when he joined Rexona Unilever as a sales representative. This would then usher in a rewarding 25-year career for Romano, where he excelled, to hold several senior executive positions and directorships across prestigious corporations within the Australian and New Zealand fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) industry such as Amcal, Pacific Dunlop Food Company, Valcorp Fine Foods and the Australian Convenience Foods Group (ACFG). Romano is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and successfully obtained a postgraduate degree in marketing to complement and consolidate theoretical business principles for practical applications.

Being the eldest of three brothers, Romano led his younger brother to take reign of the Romano construction and development family business to form RPG in 2005. In a decade, the brothers delivered over AUD400m worth of projects across medium-density residential, retail, student accommodation, commercial offices and high-rise medical within the Melbourne metropolitan area. The longevity and trust in RPG within the property market has also enabled it to attract foreign capital from a myriad of international investors. After a fruitful partnership of 10 years, the Romano brothers decided to pursue separate business interests in 2015.

In the spirit of continuing the Romano legacy, Romano then moved RPG to Collins Street and restructured the company to operate under a triumvirate division structure through RPG Capital, RPG Projects and RPG Real Estate. Where RPG capital facilitates debt and equity funding structures for high net worth investors, RPG projects are focused on sourcing, planning and construction of projects which are then complemented by project marketing delivered by RPG Real Estate. Romano holds a full Real Estate licence and is OIEC of this real estate arm. “Real estate development is not for the faint-hearted. You really need an extraordinary team and some robust financing behind you.”

Unlike RPG’s competitors who leverage debt and equity capital from other investors to fund their projects, Maurice is a staunch believer in co-investing his own capital with a suite of trusted partners. RPG’s successful 15-year partnership with trusted financial institutions like the Bank of Melbourne and National Bank is also a testament to RPG being a paragon of excellence and trust within the property development market that is often riddled with volatility. Romano believes that investing 50 percent to 100 percent of RPG’s own capital into every project translates to a symbiotic enhanced cooperation and understanding between the developer and investors.

Adopting both a horizontal and vertical organisational structure enables RPG to focus on core elements of the stages of property development through its “inhouse” staff without losing strategic direction. As “buyers want to deal directly with their developer”, RPG conducts project marketing alongside its inhouse sales team. This successful formula has not only resulted in its developments being sold out 100% but allowed RPG to effectively build and manage a rent roll of 400 plus properties in a manner that always prioritises customer’s needs.

Good rapport with principal consultants like KCL Law, Thompson Geer, Charter Keck Cramer, external accounting firm Hall and Chadwick, and a thorough appreciation of one’s internal talents, are essential elements for a successful property development firm. Romano cares about the career fulfilment and wellbeing of his staff. “You are not only there to keep people employed but, you are actually adding value to someone else’s life. I think that’s something that people tend to disregard.”

Assisted by powerful project development and, sales and marketing teams, RPG has multiple promising projects in premium locations, in the pipeline. These projects are set to deliver long-term value for the company, the community at large and investors over the next 5 years.

One of RPG’s exciting new ventures is their acquisition of 8-10 Grattan Street, Hawthorn a once-in-a-lifetime development of 15 over-generous, luxurious and unique residences within the premium location of St James Estate. Partnered with the architectural genius of Ewert Leaf and the creativity of noted landscaper Jack Merlo , marketing of this Hawthorn project is to commence in August 2020.

Romano is confident that the 15th anniversary of RPG in September 2020 will inaugurate the dawn of a new age and RPG’s continued journey of longevity within the Melbourne property market.

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Number 8 Grattan Luxury Residences Hawthorn

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Number 8 Grattan Lounge

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Number 8 Grattan Kitchen

与Romano Property Group共庆15周年

“一个成功者的定义是拥有一个有清晰战略眼光的公司,能够照顾每一个和公司利益相关的人,并同时能支撑和守护你的家人。”

这是出自2005年以来担任Romano Property Group联合创始人兼董事经理Maurice Romano的自信之言。以精诚合作和锐意创新作为企业的精神,这家以市场为主导的创新的房地产开发公司由Maurice Romano及其家族完全私人所有。RPG通过自身庞大的地产开发网络,使其能够控制从概念策划到项目完工的每一个环节,成为行业内独特的,值得信赖的和充满生机的一员。

至于Romano家族在房地产建设和开发方面的专业经验要追溯到上世纪60年代,他的父母是第一代意大利移民,并定居在巴拉瑞特(Ballarat)。“我父亲从事固体抹灰和混凝土贸易。父母开了一家小型建筑公司,提供翻新、抹灰、浇注混凝土和建造联排别墅等业务。双亲也是在阿斯科特谷(Ascot Vale)建造首批精品三层公寓的先驱者之一。Maurice Romano从小就培养了创业精神,他在墨尔本取得经济学士学位后,父亲当时希望他去银行工作。

尽管在面试时候经历一连串的失败,也被告知根本就缺乏“适合从事银行业的性格”,但这位奋发的年轻毕业生却在作为销售代表加入联合利华(Rexona Unilever)后,迅速在销售与营销业务中找到了自己的定位。这也开启了他25年的超卓职业生涯,涉足于澳大利亚和新西兰快速消费品(FMCG)行业领域。包括Amcal,Pacific Dunlop食品公司、Valcorp Fine Foods和澳大利亚方便速食品集团(Australian Convenience Foods Group-ACFG)。Maurice Romano同时也是澳大利亚公司董事机构(Australian Institute of Company Directors – AICD)的研究员,并获得市场营销的研究生学位,辅助和巩固理论商业原则,致力应用于实践。

身为三兄弟中的大哥,Maurice Romano在2005年带领弟弟们接管Romano建设和发展家族企业,并创立了RPG。在10年的时间里,这家兄弟公司成功地交付了超过4亿澳元的项目,这些项目计划横跨墨尔本市区内的中密度住宅、零售、学生宿舍、商业办公和高层医疗中心。RPG在房地产市场上展现出的高度生命力和可信度,也成功地吸引许多国际投资者的投资。经过10年卓有成效的合作,他们决定在2015年寻求独立的商业盈利模式。

本着延续Romano家族文化的精神,Maurice Romano随后将RPG迁移至柯林斯街(Collins Street)并对公司进行重组,通过整合把RPG Capital、RPG Projects和RPG Real Estate作为三大业务框架运营。RPG Capital为高净值投资者的项目提供债务和股权融资结构,而RPG Projects则专注于寻找、规划和构建项目,然后再由RPG Real Estate进行项目营销。Maurice Romano持有正式的房地产执照,也是该部门全权有效管制人员。

“太过谨小慎微的人并不适合房地产开发,你必需要有一个非凡的团队和强力的资金支持。”不过,他们与竞争对手利用其他投资者的债务和股票资本进行项目融资的情况不一样,坚定秉持诚信观念,与一批值得信赖的合作伙伴共同投资自有资本。他们与墨尔本银行(Bank of Melbourne)和国家银行(National Bank)等金融机构以互信互惠的方式成功携手15年,这也证明RPG在房地产开发市场中是卓越和信任的典范,在形势起伏不定的房地产开发市场实属少见。他相信将RPG自有资金的50%到100%投入到每个项目中,能够更紧密增进开发者和投资者之间的合作和理解。

运用牢固的横向和纵向组织结构,使RPG能够通过其“内部”员工专注于房地产开发阶段的核心元素,不会因外包事务可能导致丧失战略方向。正如“买家想要直接与开发者交易”一样,RPG与内部销售团队一起进行项目营销。这个优化的公式不仅让开发产品能百分百售罄,而且使RPG可以在优先考虑客户需求的前提下,顺利的构建并管理逾400个物业租赁。

对外,RPG长期与KCL Law、Thompson Geer、Charter Keck Cramer及会计事务所Hall Chadwick等主要咨询顾问保持良好关系。对内,一家卓越的房地产开发公司必须具备充分的内部协调和善于发掘成员天赋的才能,Maurice Romano非常关心员工的职业成就和福利。“你不仅仅是为了让人们保有工作,实际上是在为别人的人生增值。我认为人们往往会忽视这一点。”在RPG强大的项目开发团队和市场营销团队的开拓下,RPG在优越地段中拥有多个前景无限的项目进行中。这些项目将为公司、整个社区及其投资者带来长远价值。

RPG令人振奋的新投资之一是他们收购了位于Hawthorn的 8-10 Grattan Street,在St James最优质的房产地段开发15座非常气派、豪华和独特的永久发展住宅区。这个与建筑奇才Ewert Leaf和著名园林设计师Jack Merlo创意联手的Hawthorn项目将于2020年8月上市销售。

2020年9月,RPG成立15周年纪念将开启一个新时代的曙光,Maurice Romano深信RPG的光芒将长久照耀墨尔本房地产市场。”