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The joint declaration of Australia’s mining giants in support of an Aboriginal voice in Australia’s parliament has once again showed that industry is prepared to step up and address important social reform, where political leaders have proved reluctant to champion change. BHP and Rio Tinto have publicly stood behind the Uluru Statement from the Heart, which was penned by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at a National Convention in May 2017 and underpins the theme of NAIDOC 2019 – Voice, Treaty, Truth. The Uluru Statement describes the long-running quest for recognition and constitutional reforms relating to our First Nations people, and

Cannings Purple, has topped Business News’ prestigious PR table for mergers and acquisitions for a third year in a row – confirming our status as WA’s leading investor and capital markets advisory group and as the consultancy-of-choice for deal-makers. Managing Director Warrick Hazeldine says the outcome is testament to the quality of clients and advisory firms we work with, with Mineral Resources and Doray Minerals among our M&A clients last year. Cannings Purple advised on 17 M&A transactions in 2018, with a combined value of $5.5 billion, taking our total for the past three years beyond the $10 billion-mark. Among the major deals

The Aged Care Royal Commission will hear from recipients of aged care and their families at each of its public hearings around the country.  For aged care providers this confirms that the next two years may see the industry dealing with a steady stream of bad news stories. The challenge for individual providers will be to maintain the confidence of their clients and other stakeholders while examples of abuse and sub-standard care are continuously brought to public attention. At the Royal Commission’s preliminary hearing in Adelaide, Commissioner Lynelle Briggs AO said there had been a “rising torrent” of concern that the aged

When it comes to assessing whether your community sponsorship is valuable, it is time to talk about intangible benefits. Yes, your logo will be getting seen. Yes, your name is on the sign. But what about the less visible benefits of your investment? Studies into the impact of intangible benefits of sponsoring sports, arts, community events or local facilities find a conundrum: either companies overestimate the value of the intangible benefits of their sponsorship — or they don’t count the benefits at all. There is also the risk that the intangible benefits — the opportunity to host your top corporate peers in a footy

The ability to present complex data in innovative graphic form seems to be growing by the day - but it's a while since we've seen something as cool as this Globe of Economic Complexity generated by Harvard, which enables you to track trillions of dollars of trade around the world. Who knew Australia sent so much sauce and seasoning to New Zealand? m Have a play with this great interactive tool yourself.

From Scrabble to stocks and translating 25,000 data points into a single page - this TED Conference presentation from Tommy McCall is 90 seconds very well invested. "I'm a numbers person, so I rarely win at Scrabble. I made this diagram to remember all the two- and three-letter words in the official Scrabble dictionary." Watch the full presentation at ted.com

What’s the difference between public relations and advertising? I get asked this a lot, even by people in each respective field, and I’ve eventually settled on an answer that doesn’t cause eyes to glaze over and induce mild migraines. In a very simple way it is this: PR companies earn attention whereas advertising companies buy it. Saying “buy it” might be a little simplistic. People build entire careers analysing budgets and carefully crafting media spends to get specific message in front of specific target audiences. That’s not to say PR is free. In PR there are countless ways to earn attention – events, articles,

Navigating your path through government engagement on any project can be a daunting task. Between departments and agencies, ministers, policy advisers, public servants, industry groups and lobbyists, there are plenty of reasons why you might feel lost. While the Government Relations team at Cannings Purple is here to guide you through these engagements, it is important not to forget about engaging with the community. Here are three reasons why: Politicians expect it: When we meet with politicians to talk about clients’ project/issues, there’s one question we are inevitably asked: “have you spoken to the community?” If the answer is “yes” and you

Meeting a minister is difficult. Leaving a meeting fully satisfied might sometimes seem impossible. But many of the reasons people get annoyed about ministerial meetings are the result of misunderstandings and misconceptions. Here are my top 10 reasons people get annoyed — and why they probably shouldn’t feel quite so put out. You don’t get a meeting at all, you may just get a letter or email response While everyone wants to meet the minister, a face-to-face meeting is often not required. It may be that in the view of the minister’s office, the issue you want to raise is easy to