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Bernie Ripoll, Director 

The new year seems to have already moved too quickly with January well and truly behind us, kids back at school, living with covid seems normal, and a federal election now months, maybe even weeks away. Hold on for a fast moving and unpredictable year ahead.

This thought does focus the mind on the how to make the most of 2022 and participate in a meaningful way. Essentially getting a seat at the table, and in this sense, there is no time to waste.

Leaders in business, in the community or in the workplace are setting the agenda for the next 3 years and beyond. Leaders are preparing for the things we know will happen this year, the things we think may happen, and learning from past lessons preparing for anything else that we don’t know will happen.

The best way to do this of course is to plan, engage and lead through participation. At SAS we do this every year and in particular every election year to ensure our clients have access to the best and most recent information, are kept in touch with decision makers, and understand where policy will impact on the matters most important to them and their business.

So, what is at stake this year that means you should engage now? The answer of course is different for everyone, but for me, it’s the relationship between the states and the commonwealth and the impact this has on border movements and business alignment. The impact this has on our economy has proven to be truly significant in ways that we could never have predicted at the last election. Business leaders that work across multiple states and jurisdictions understand implicitly this impact and are always seeking better ways to navigate the complexity of our border relations.

This year will also prove to be a challenge with the possibility of earlier than expected interest rate rises and the never-ending rise in the cost of living. These are just some of the big ticket issues that we all deal with and will have an impact on us as individuals and collectively as a community.

Our role at SAS has always been to ensure our clients have all the tools available to stay connected to these critically important matters and have an ally in their corner on any matters critical to their success.

The lesson over the past two years has been that successful leaders are the first to engage, always front up and participate, always seek out the latest information and are always prepared to ask for help and guidance.  



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