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WA Treasurer Ben Wyatt has emphasised his confidence in the state’s economy, despite the ongoing risks of the US-China trade war and international shocks such as Brexit. Speaking at a Business News Treasury breakfast and addressing the topic of strengthening WA’s economy in the face of emerging global risk, Mr Wyatt flagged a state budget on May 9 likely lacking in surprise news or big ticket items. Mr Wyatt acknowledged his budget would probably be overshadowed by a Federal Election days later and that his priority remained “budget repair.” Premier Mark McGowan has already announced an expected return to budget surplus in

Think of a residential estate and what does your mind turn to? Manicured lawns and new builds? Landscaped open space? Kids kicking a ball on gently curving roads? What about an opportunity to tackle one of society’s greatest social and health challenges? That’s the unlikely challenge that arises out of a growing body of research that finds badly-designed urban environments — anonymous high-rise living, for example, or so-called food deserts where all shops are a driving distance from homes — markedly increase loneliness. And loneliness is now considered an epidemic in Australia, as well as being as risky to our health as obesity. The issue is

In the first instalment of our Real Relationship series - exploring stakeholder engagement across a wide variety of topics - Jordin Payne takes a look at the new kids on the block: Generation Z. Born between 1995 and 2012, Generation Z is the first fully global generation of our society. A study conducted by McCrindle has labelled Generation Z as change agents capable of having influence over brand success. With 10.1 million Australians being avid users of social media, it is increasingly clear connection and perception matter. So, what’s important to Gen Z? Concerned with social impact, inclusion, authenticity and value, by

For many years, the traditional art of storytelling was seen as being of high importance to the delivery of content – and you can see why: the best storytelling has creativity at its heart. It’s almost as if the teller takes his audience and puts them in the story. But what if you could actually, really do that? Wouldn’t “old school” storytelling lose a little bit of its bite if there was an alternative that placed the audience directly into the thick of the action? That’s exactly what’s playing out on social media, as storytelling makes way for storyliving. Storytelling, for all its

What do you get when you throw three passionate journalists into battle against three equally-motivated communications professionals, to argue about “spin doctoring?” That would be Thursday night’s International Association of Business Communicators WA Great Debate, held in front of a sell-out crowd at Brookfield Place. It was the IABC Western Australia’s first debate event since launching last year and judging by the turnout and the reception of the format, it won’t be the last. To recap, the topic was “Comms pros are just spin doctors” and the affirmative team consisted of the ABC’s Jessica Strutt and Kathryn Diss and The Australian’s Andrew Burrell,

We are delighted to announce promotions for two of our key staff – with Tim Grey-Smith and Carina Tan-Van Baren moving to the role of Associate Director. Tim’s promotion reflects the outstanding outcomes he has delivered for clients since joining Cannings Purple’s Government Relations team in 2017. The Corporate Affairs team has also benefited greatly from Carina’s expertise in the health and aged care sectors. “Tim’s promotion reflects not only personal growth, but also growth in our business,” National Director Karen Brown said. “He has shown great commitment to achieving results for our clients – and with experience across the energy, resources, planning, property and

We’re pleased to announce that Karen Brown has been appointed as acting head of our Government Relations team, while experienced adviser Michael Cairnduff has been promoted to the role of Director. Karen will combine her existing role as National Director with leading the Government Relations team. Michael, meanwhile, will move from the Investor Relations team to become Director of Government Relations. Current Director of Government Relations Astrid Serventy is leaving Cannings Purple in March for a new role in the corporate sector. “On the behalf of our board and management team I’d like to thank Astrid for her significant contributions to Cannings Purple and

Here’s something worth stashing away in the back of your mind as an Australian election campaign looms – a new study shows Facebook users do pick up political knowledge from their news feeds…but many won’t learn as much as they think they have. The research, published last week in Research And Politics, was undertaken by Nicolas M Anspach of York College of Pennsylvania, Jay T Jennings of the University of Texas at Austin and Kevin Arceneaux of Temple University. The results – and the methodology – are fascinating. Wanting to test to what extent people could glean knowledge from a Facebook feed

Clients - and colleagues - often ask me how I go about pitching ideas, talent and content to media organisations. I am fortunate in that I have spent more than 20 years in newsrooms in Australia and the UK and I have a strong network of contacts and a detailed appreciation for how news outlets work, what types of stories are likely to gain traction and what deadlines are applicable to different organisations. But I still go back to one basic premise every time I make a pitch: DRILL Do you know? What is your story? Why is it a story? What collateral do you

Leading industry bodies have welcomed a Federal Government commitment to support a “game -changing” City Deal for South East Queensland. On the same day that the Queensland Government and a Council of Mayors (SEQ) unveiled a TransformingSEQ blueprint with the potential to stimulate the Queensland economy by up to $58 billion, Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Alan Tudge announced their support for a City Deal. The Federal Government had been due to be officially presented with the blueprint on Wednesday and the pre-emptive support was well received by the Property Council of Australia. “We congratulate the

On rare occasions, my profession gets dragged into the media spotlight. This week, my colleagues and I were inundated with requests (OK, perhaps three) for our thoughts on revelations about the cost of the ASIC logo refresh. Friends asked our opinion on whether we thought the cost was justified and they joined the chorus of “it cost how much?” commentary, with much tut-tutting over government ‘waste’. It’s easy to confuse questions of worth and cost. Value does not fit squarely within the boundaries of price and sometimes value and cost are not related in the slightest. So, when we ask, “what

Late last year, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that requires publicly-held companies based in the state to have at least one woman on their board by the end of 2019. That's just the first step. By 2021, boards with five members will be required to have at least two women and boards with six members or more will need at least three women. Shock horror!  By 2021 that means that boards with six members will be required to have 50:50 gender representation. For companies in California who thumb their noses at the law, a series of fines has

Natural gas will continue to be a major contributor to the WA economy and domestic demand for it will keep increasing in the foreseeable future, according to a new report by leading consultancy firm ACIL Allen. The WA Gas Overview report looks at the historical importance of gas to the state and estimates its economic contribution in the 10 years to 2027. Commissioned by the DomGas Alliance – members of which include Alcoa, FMG, Yara and CSBP – the study highlights not only the significant value generated by LNG exports but also the importance of the domestic gas supply chain. Among the findings

An increase in malicious data attacks and more breaches than ever before – those are two of the standout aspects of a new batch of Notifiable Data Breach Scheme statistics revealed by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner. The stats, covering 262 data breaches from October 1 through to December 31, mark the fourth quarterly report since the introduction of the scheme in February of last year. They highlight the ever-present prospect of malicious cyber-activity and the ubiquitous risk posed by human error. hbspt.cta.load(2597977, '63a914ce-52b1-4a76-a8f9-112ce0febc21', {}); Here are five key takeaways from the latest quarterly: 1. It was the busiest quarter ever: the

The Property Council of Australia has released its latest Office Market Report – and it’s positive news for Perth’s CBD and its fringes. Cannings Purple Corporate Affairs Director and property expert Fran Lawrence, who moderated the expert panel for the report’s launch, analyses the key findings and snapshots and considers the outlook for 2019. Perth is coming back. That was the message from CBRE Senior Director Advisory & Transaction Services Andrew Denny in his keynote address at the launch of the PCA’s benchmark Office Market Report, which revealed Perth CBD office vacancy rates had dropped to their lowest point in more than

We’ve all marvelled at the harmonious sounds of a symphony in full flight. It’s a joy to behold and an exercise in true teamwork. If you took each of the highly talented musicians from the orchestra into a room and asked them to play something, I’m betting the end result would still sound pretty good. But if you then placed them back together and got them to each play their favourite individual songs, what you’d have wouldn’t be a symphony… it would be a cacophony. The results would be disastrous. It’s worth thinking about social media the same way. In the same way that

Catch a glimpse of any sporting event at any time of the day from any part of the world and there will be one common denominator – the ever-present accompaniment of sponsorship. But are the sponsors who put their money into sport getting bang for their buck? Well, that’s the million-dollar question. Or, if you want to be more precise, a $62.8 billion question globally each year, and one worth an estimated $750 million in Australia alone. Mostly evidence on this subject has been patchy: at the top end of the game, there’s a clear trade-off between getting your logo in front

We are excited to announce the appointment of experienced corporate consultant Peter Kermode as an Account Manager, further strengthening our market-leading Investor Relations and Corporate Affairs capabilities. Peter joins a Cannings Purple Investor Relations and Capital Markets team that has advised on more than US$130 billion of M&A transactions over the past 12 years and which in 2018 ranked at the top of Business News’ prestigious PR table for a third year in a row. He brings considerable, relevant experience from previous in-house roles at BHP, Chevron and Woodside and with listed property group Mirvac. “Peter is a highly respected corporate adviser and has a wide