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Why, in 2018, nearly two decades after the national outrage generated by the kerosene baths scandal, are we still hearing heartbreaking stories of neglect and mistreatment of our most vulnerable citizens in aged care facilities? Stories of being left in a soiled bed for hours, of hunger, isolation and misuse of medications. Stories that play on our greatest fears as we age and as we grapple with the difficult decision to put our loved ones in the care of strangers. And it appears there is more to come. In the wake of this week’s ABC’s Four Corners program on aged care, radio talkback

We are delighted to announce a promotion for experienced adviser Jamie Henderson, highlighting the quality work he has done for clients as an integral part of Cannings Purple’s Government Relations team. Jamie has been promoted to Director in recognition of the valuable outcomes he has delivered for clients through his extensive government experience and strong network of contacts. Cannings Purple Managing Director Warrick Hazeldine said Jamie’s talents were reflected by his work to help clients in the agribusiness sector and also WA’s emerging battery minerals sector. “Jamie has impeccable credentials in the government arena. His ability to deal with challenges calmly and effectively

In our resource-driven economy, nothing gets WA business and government types more excited than the promise of a new export opportunity. Our history is littered with resource booms that changed the face of our State and much-hyped plans that didn’t quite make it (think WA Government-backed State Agreements on steel and iron processing ventures in the 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000s). Now the talk of our town is focused on the materials required to build batteries and other energy-related technologies. And this time, we are determined not to miss out on capturing downstream processing opportunities once we dig these critical minerals out

Back In 2006, a family restaurant chain turning over millions of dollars a year, with outlets across most states and employing thousands of people, had a near-death experience. There on the salad bar, by the soup and the pasta, near the beetroot and chopped carrots, was a scattering of rat poison pellets. The discovery at two of its Brisbane outlets shook Sizzler to its core. Salad bars across the country — responsible for a reported 60 per cent of the restaurant’s revenue — were shut for weeks. Millions of dollars were lost and more spent on upgrading security. While the individual believed responsible was arrested and placed

We are excited to be expanding our practice in the health sector, with the addition to our team of experienced practitioner Jean Perkins. Jean has previously specialised in health as a journalist, as an adviser to the WA government and in public relations roles in Perth, Sydney and London. Her arrival increases our capacity to service clients in one of the fastest-growing sectors in the Australian economy. “Jean brings extensive experience in developing and implementing strategic communication plans for health and pharmaceutical clients,” Cannings Purple Managing Director Warrick Hazeldine said. “The healthcare sector has experienced rapid growth in recent years, and Jean’s knowledge and

Attracting, retaining and delighting international students is a major challenge for WA's universities, writes Ruth Callaghan, who recently moderated the CEDA higher education panel of vice-chancellors. It was a lengthy question from the floor — one that passed through the territory of query into the plains of ‘making a point’. Why, the questioner wanted to ask the five vice-chancellors on stage at the recent Committee for Economic Development of Australia higher education conference, was it that when his business referred international students to Western Australia they didn’t last long? Why did they want to move on to other states? Why did they not get

Every time this country attempts to establish a national energy policy, we lose our Prime Minister. It cost Kevin Rudd his job twice, Julia Gillard once and most recently Malcolm Turnbull, in a dramatic week that made The Bachelor look positively civil. While the carnage of federal politics is great sport, it’s both distressing and depressing for those energy industry participants that have chosen to work or invest in the sector. Not to mention voters concerned by climate change or energy price reliability. It now looks like the latest energy policy incarnation in this saga – the National Energy Guarantee – is