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In one of the most wonderful and bizarre sporting moments of 2018, Australian golfer Marc Leishman was asked by an intrepid reporter: “Do you know what you don’t know?” Leishman, widely regarded as one of the more genial figures in his sport and in action at The Masters this weekend, looked perplexed but politely did his best to understand the question and then answer it, before finally deciding on a response of “no”. Seven months on and the clip remains a cracker. The question seemed out of place in a golf press conference but a variation of it is heard regularly in boardrooms

An interesting thought struck me when I attended the 10th annual WA Major Projects Conference in Perth last week. In the nine previous editions of the conference it was the projects themselves and the process of building them that took centre stage. Over the years this covered everything from the biggest iron ore and LNG projects to major government undertakings like Optus Stadium and Elizabeth Quay. It’s not as if WA doesn’t have large-scale projects currently underway. BHP’s South Flank development was the topic of one session last week and the likes of METRONET, the Perth Airport upgrade, Northlink and the Westport strategy were also strongly featured. But my

The recent hacking of information from a specialist cardiology unit in Melbourne highlights the importance of being prepared in advance for a data breach – potentially even one that doesn’t belong to you. The January attack “scrambled” the files of some 15,000 patients at the Melbourne Heart Group (MHG) clinic, with a cryptocurrency demand issued for the return of information believed to have been obtained using malware from North Korea or Russia. Some patients’ information was reportedly still missing weeks later and the situation was made even more intriguing by the possible on-flow of reputational damage to a third party: Cabrini Hospital.

With the population of Facebook now bigger than that of China and video content set to make up 80 percent of all internet traffic by next year, the opportunities and obstacles that social media presents to business led an expert panel discussion at Cannings Purple’s first ever Brisbane event.  A crowd of 50 clients and associates joined a panel at the offices of HopgoodGanim Lawyers to discuss the advantages of good social media practices for business and the damage that can be caused in failing to hit the mark. The event had a strong focus on ASX regulations, with the exchange

In Western Australia last year 51 young people suicided – almost one death a week. Youth suicide is the biggest single killer of our nation’s young people. This is a hard fact to hear and an even harder one to comprehend. But this week the shocking reality of the rate of youth suicide in our community provides all the motivation required for our group of more than 170 cyclists to ride 700km in four and a half days. After six months of hard training and fund raising, riders in the annual Hawaiian Ride for Youth will today begin the long journey from Albany or Jurien Bay back to Perth. To have

We live in a connected world where our personal information, if not protected properly, is easier to access than it has ever been. Often that access, uninvited as it might be, is harmless enough. But in some instances it crosses the line into the realm of a personal attack, which can be both emotionally and financially harmful. Recently, the perils of ‘doxxing’ have been put under a new spotlight, after an ABC journalist wrote about his experience of being ‘trolled’ en masse. So what exactly is doxxing and why should you be worried about it? Doxxing defined The term is derived from dox, which is an abbreviation of documents. Dropping

We now have a Federal Election confirmed for May 18. Some may view this caretaker period, as a ‘holding period’ where not much engagement occurs as we wait for the clarity of an election outcome. But waiting for an election result before engaging could mean your issue is considered too late and that you are not consulted in a crucial policy development stage. Politicians on all sides, whether it be a new minister of a minister with a new portfolio are always keen to hit the ground running and prove their worth. Here are some simple steps to ensure the politicians making key decisions

The Hon. Tjorn Sibma MLC may not yet be a household name in WA politics but the Liberal up-and-comer has already been handed plenty of responsibility as the Shadow Minister for Veterans Issues, Government Accountability and Procurement and Public Sector Integrity and Performance. The Member for the North Metropolitan Region sat down with Cannings Purple’s Peter Klinger to talk everything from Australian comedy favourite Fast Forward, to the tricky issue of immigration, the plight of ex-soldiers and an eclectic start to his career as a philosophy graduate. Unfiltered, unguarded and sometimes unconventional, The Bench shows WA’s politicians as you’ve never seen them

The WA Major Projects Conference turns 10 this week but it’s to the future that attendees will be looking when proceedings get underway on Wednesday. The conference offers an annual, in-depth and eagerly-anticipated look at the infrastructure, trends and strategies that will shape the state and the 2019 version is no exception. Here are some of the highlights I’m looking forward to this week. Future Perth You can’t get away from the fact that the major projects being worked on now are essentially designed for a Perth that doesn’t exist yet – the one that will consist of 3.5 million people by 2050. Many of the presentations over

An awful lot can happen in five years, which is how long it had been between drinks when the ASX recently released a fourth edition of its Corporate Governance Principles and Recommendations. It’s very likely the document was due for updating anyway but the findings of the Royal Commission into the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry have only reinforced that need. The new ASX principles make it abundantly clear – just as Commissioner Kenneth Hayne has done in his Commission findings – that the pursuit of profit cannot be the sole motivation for listed companies’ business practices. Instead, in what is perhaps the

The Australia-China relationship is fertile ground for commentators – and rightly so given its economic importance. But a recent Chinese New Year Gala dinner hosted by the Australia China Business Council in Perth reinforced why we should, in the Year of the Pig,  celebrate the pioneering nature of the relationship between this state and China. Military posturing in the South-China Sea will continue into the foreseeable future and attempts to exert political influence through inappropriate donations have ended political careers. China’s continual rise in economic power and political influence comes with inherent tensions, and Chinese investment in Australia is constantly viewed through

We live in an ever-changing communications landscape, where the next big trend can go from nowhere-to-be-seen to near ubiquitous in matter of days (or even hours). Against a recent backdrop in which public trust has been tested like never before (from Trump to banking horror stories and Australian cricket disgrace), our experts give their takes on the communication trends they expect to see coming into focus in the near future. Number crunching for the win One of the biggest opportunities – and challenges – for many businesses will be around how they use data and whether it can become a predictive tool for

At the tender age of 42, The Nationals’ Hon. Vince Catania MLC is closing in on 14 years in WA Parliament, while serving an electorate that covers more than 800,000 square kilometres and stretches from Steep Point (the most western part of WA) all the way to the state's eastern border. The Member for North West Central sat down with Cannings Purple’s Peter Klinger to discuss the countless hours he spends behind the wheel, the city-country divide and his 2009 defection from Labor to the Nationals. Unfiltered, unguarded and sometimes unconventional, The Bench shows WA’s politicians as you’ve never seen them before. From rock to

If there’s one common theme running through data breach statistics from around the world, it’s that the health care sector is particularly prone to information ending up in the wrong hands. In each of the four sets of statistics released by the Australian Office of the Information Commissioner as part of the Notifiable Data Breach Scheme, health has “led” the way. It accounted for 24 per cent of breaches in the first quarterly report in 2018 and 21 per cent in the most recent one. Health’s lowest mark – 18 per cent – is still higher than the percentage recorded by any

Traditional owners and knowledge holders could have a greater role in decision-making for heritage places to which they have a connection, with proposed changes to the WA Aboriginal Heritage Act released by Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt last week. New definitions for heritage and a clearer framework for land use proposals are just some of the changes discussed in the paper, which would likely see the 47-year-old Act repealed and replaced with a new approach to protecting and preserving heritage. It is a move that has been widely supported within Aboriginal communities. The role of traditional owners would increase through the establishment

Nothing in the digital world stays still very long. WordPress and its associated plugins are no exception - but what does that mean and why do you need to regularly maintain your website? WordPress has grown since 2003 to become the most used content management system in the world. It exists as an open source platform, which means that any developer, with any skill level (or motivation) can create a plugin. A plugin is a packaged-up piece of code which saves time and effort for website developers. Plugins can run form enquiries, ecommerce stores, Google maps, calendars, photo galleries and almost everything

Today being International Women’s Day, you don’t need to be Nostradamus to predict that the media will be awash with statistics and stories around the theme of gender equality.  Nor would you have to be clairvoyant to predict that the numbers will read pretty similar to last year. Here they are: A recent report by the Business Council of Australia, McKinsey & Company and the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) highlighted the fact that women make up 42 per cent of employees but just 25 per cent of executives and only 10 per cent of CEOs in large, for-profit Australian companies. As

We’re delighted to announce the appointment of experienced adviser Simon Corrigan as a Director, further strengthening our market-leading Corporate Affairs team. Simon brings more than 15 years’ experience in corporate consulting, including four years at BHP - the last two years as the miner’s head of community and Indigenous affairs. He was previously government relations manager and then head of corporate affairs at BHP’s Olympic Dam operation, has held senior roles with Atlas Iron and CITIC Pacific Mining and has political experience as a campaign manager and chief-of-staff for state government ministers and federal MPs. Cannings Purple Managing Director Warrick Hazeldine said Simon’s

Remember how the internet was going to be a world of highly targeted advertising and messaging, picking up on past consumer behaviour and everyday habits and activities to offer exactly what we wanted? We’re not quite there yet and no statistic illustrates this better than the fact people in the APEC region click on an average of just six social media ads a month. For all the volume of social media use and the proliferation of advertising, our engagement remains very limited. The reality is that advertising hasn’t yet fully evolved to provide the kind of personal experiences social media and its

We are delighted to continue our growth in key market areas, with the appointments of engagement specialist and Senior Consultant Jordin Payne and Consultant David Mano. Jordin joins Cannings Purple’s Corporate Affairs team, having moved from Murdoch University, where she was an engagement and communications co-ordinator in the Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre and focussed on partnerships with the community, recruitment and event management. She is a proud Nimanburr woman and traditional owner from Broome Western Australia, with ancestral ties to Yarwuru, Djugan, Nyul Nyul and Bardi groups on the Mid Dampier Peninsula. David, meanwhile, returns to Cannings Purple’s Government Relations team, in which he

Leadership 101 says that workplace culture is only as good as the tone set at – and by – the top. Too often this is (mis)interpreted and simplified to mean that a good workplace culture is one in which your boss is unreservedly nice and caring and supports everything you do. So it was refreshing to hear Shell Australia chair Zoe Yujnovich add some reality to this notion during an insightful address at The West Australian’s Leadership Matters breakfast in Perth on Wednesday. “Caring is not only about displaying empathy, coaching and support but can also be about holding people to account,” Yujnovich,