Cross Bench Rule – Please Explain?

Today the Australian Electoral Commission has announced the Senate results for all states and territories with the big winner being Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party. It’s a blow to the Turnbull Government which will now have to negotiate with 11 cross benchers, up from eight before the election. Results are: …

2016 Federal Election – Never a more exciting time to vote

It all comes down to credibility and trust Less than three years ago, former Prime Minister Tony Abbott told the nation in his victory speech that, “it is the people of Australia who determine the Government and the Prime Ministership of this country, and you will punish anyone who takes …

A Budget banking on trust in extraordinary times

2016-17 Budget highlights Revenue: $416.9 billion GDP growth: 2.5% Expenditure: $450.6 billion Unemployment forecast: 5.5% Budget position: $37.1 billion Inflation: 2% Treasurer Scott Morrison warned this would be no typical budget and he was true to his word. The Turnbull government ignored the grand tradition of sweeteners for all in …

The communication challenge of a crisis

Ogilvy PR breakfast event examines the entrails of unfolding crises What do Cardinal George Pell, a small Nepalese baby, two boofy retired AFL footballers, the Rip Curl clothing company and leading crown prosecutor Margaret Cuneen, have in common? It could be one of those old jokes, but the punchline is …

The second Turnbull Ministerial Line Up

Not six months into the job, the PM has refreshed his frontbench and will hope this is the ministerial line up that he will take to the federal election later this year.Where stability was seen as one of the Coalition’s strengths, losing five ministers in less than five months is …

2015 MYEFO signals a significant shift

Budget 15th December 2015: “A Budget is a means to an end, not the end itself.” With that, Treasurer Scott Morrison used today’s release of the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) to firmly shut the door on the legacy of his predecessor. No longer will the return to surplus …

Innovation is the new black

One announcement. Some 24 policy measures covering 11 government portfolios. A $1.1 billion price tag. Today, the Prime Minister released his Government’s innovation statement – the National Innovation and Science Agenda – designed to transform innovation from a buzz word used by industry and government alike to a policy platform …