31st August, 2018 · CEO Message

CEO Message No. 36

2 minutes to read

Mustafa Kemel Atatürk was an amazingly complex man. A brilliantly successful army officer and revolutionary, he founded the modern Republic of Turkey, and served as its first president from 1923 until his death in 1938.

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk 
President of Turkey 1923-1938

For Australians, Atatürk first came to notice for his bloody victory against our young troops at Gallipoli in 1915. He subsequently rose to world prominence after the Ottomans and the Germans were defeated in WW1 by abolishing the corrupt Ottoman empire and founding the Turkish Republic in its place.

He is also famous for a quote commonly attributed to him declaring that “…your sons… have become our sons as well…”, referring to those who fell at Gallipoli, and are buried there. [1]

He was a visionary statesman who drove a stupendous social revolution that included free education and votes for women in 1930 – far ahead of most contemporary democracies. Against all the odds he deployed policies of inclusiveness and consensus-building to forge the most advanced secular society in the Muslim world.

One cannot but feel we might benefit from a little more consensus building in Canberra right now!

Achieving consensus lies at the heart of our work on behalf of the franchised new car Dealers of Australia. We strive diligently to find ways to make sensible common cause, where we can, with the many groups that advocate on behalf of a diverse range of automotive industry players.

You will find this same principle on display when you attend our 2018 AADA National Dealer Convention at the Gold Coast Convention Centre. At various sessions you will hear from a widely inclusive range of speakers and presenters from both sides of politics, from the large global markets of the USA and China, and from our regulators and law makers.

At AADA, we have a firm commitment to finding ways to ensure the future business success of franchised new car Dealers. The Convention program offers commentary and insight on a range of truly existential issues that every thinking Dealer must consider and provide for in the business planning cycle.

That said, we will fail if we do not carefully consider ways to ensure the preservation of strong and effective relationships with the OEMs, the aftermarket and independent repairers and the diverse supplier base that supports our businesses every day.

As Atatürk might have said, their problems are our problems, and the opposite is true.

Consensus is far more productive, and profitable, than confrontation.

We look forward to seeing you all at the Gold Coast.


[1] The highly emotional text can be seen in its entirety at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. Every Australian should read it.