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In keeping with the theme of Reconciliation Week, this year’s Reconciliation WA breakfast - the largest breakfast event ever hosted at Crown Towers - was very much “grounded in truth.” With 1350 people in attendance, the morning started with a unique energy in the air, not least because this was to be the first public address made by newly-appointed Indigenous Affairs Minister, the Hon. Ken Wyatt, the first Indigenous person to take this responsibility. High-profile journalist Narelda Jacobs hosted the proceedings, with Noongar Elder and respected community member Dr Richard Walley delivering a powerful Welcome to Country, setting the tone for the

Australian companies have become the biggest international players in the African mining sector, with nearly 200 ASX-listed companies working on 590 projects in 38 countries across the continent. But operating in Africa comes with its own challenges - some cultural, many related to communication and others revolving around security. Cannings Purple recently partnered with the Australia-Africa Minerals and Energy Group and Gilbert & Tobin to present a Communications in Africa forum in Perth. These are some of the key takeaways: Context is everything – Phil Edmands (G + T partner) Phil outlined some of the key risks international miners face in the African environment, including

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced the new Coalition ministry. The leadership team is a careful balance of experience and new blood and state representation. The 23-member cabinet will also have seven women for the first time. The public service will settle in for a new set of machinery-of-government changes, with Energy, Environment, Home Affairs, Human Services, Indigenous Affairs, Industrial Relations all appearing set for change, including new portfolio agencies. Two new promotions to cabinet, including Linda Reynolds as Defence Minister and Ken Wyatt as Indigenous Australians Minister, bring the number of West Australians around the table up to five. A number

According to Industry Capability Network (ICN) data, there has been a near 50 per cent increase in the number of Indigenous businesses since 2013. There is no denying that the demand to work with or hire Indigenous people is on the rise, but that doesn’t tell the full story. Different structures, policies and how non-Indigenous businesses go about engaging Indigenous people, employees or businesses are impacting on successful Indigenous employment. With Reconciliation Week around the corner, I think it is timely to reflect on what this means for us in the corporate sector. Like many in the community, I feel encouraged by

Saturday night answered one big question for the Australian populace – Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his Coalition Government are now set to lead the country through the next three years. But the opinion poll-defying result also threw up considerable discussion: about the winners, the beaten, the way our country evaluates voting intentions and what to make of the Jokers in the election pack. Cannings Purple’s Government Relations team takes a look at some of the more interesting questions in the wake of this country’s 46th Federal Election. Clive and Pauline – what did they actually achieve? Much was made of how Clive Palmer

The Coalition has been re-elected, Scott Morrison remains our Prime Minister and now it’s time to turn our thoughts to what the next three years have in store. In an outcome which defies the polling, the Coalition has secured a third term but it is not yet clear whether it will win a majority in the lower house. The result saw Tony Abbott soundly beaten by Zali Steggall in Warringah but the swing against the Former Prime Minister was not reflective of the overall trend. Labor was unable to win the key seats it needed in Queensland and it was apparent early in

Less than a week to go in the Federal Election campaign and all eyes are on WA seats that shape as crucial battlegrounds in the race to form government. In the final of our weekly updates tracking the campaign, we take a look at the who, where, why and what (on earth!) of the political happenings ahead of a May 18 polling day.   Poll position Newspoll suggests the race remains locked at 51 per cent to 49 per cent in Labor’s favour for a third straight week. The bookies have also shortened the odds of a majority Labor win on Saturday, with Bill Shorten

Commodity price assumptions, as historically has been the case, have again underpinned a positive outlook for the Western Australian budget, handed down today. But refreshingly Treasurer Ben Wyatt has adopted a highly conservative approach to the widening variety of metals in the royalties revenue basket to complement the traditional hard rock staples of iron ore and gold, and of course LNG. The old reliable bit-players of nickel, copper and alumina look again like shouldering their fair share of royalty weight from (modest) increased production and forecast royalties over the forward estimates of the budget, following unpredictable demand levels triggered by the

WA Treasurer Ben Wyatt has delivered his much-anticipated third Budget, announcing the first surplus for the state in five years. The Budget, the penultimate before the 2021 State Election, goes further than Premier Mark McGowan flagged in December, with an earlier-than-anticipated surplus for 2018-19 of $533 million  – a figure that is expected to grow past the $1 billion mark in the next financial year. Driving factors include an ongoing focus on expenditure restraint, an expected pick-up in economic activity and surging revenue driven by higher-than-forecast royalties and a $7 billion GST boost. Further substantial surpluses are predicted across the entire forward

I got my first iPhone (the 3GS) in 2009. At the time, it felt like taking a quantum leap from what had been a fairly boring world of same-same mobile (as opposed to smart) phones. I remember the excitement of leaving the Motorolas and Sony Ericssons and Nokias behind, and embracing what looked like a thrilling new future of productivity and connectivity. It’s now more than a decade on, and I’ve stayed loyal to Apple, becoming more and more entrenched in its ecosystem.  But I’ve also become aware that by only using one type of phone from one provider and for

If you want to get a glimpse of how next month’s Federal Election will be impacted through social media like never before, go to the Facebook pages of either the Liberal Party of Australia or the Australian Labor Party. Once you’re there, click on the “Info and ads” option on the left-hand side of the page. And then scroll…and scroll…and scroll some more. I gave up when I got past 50 ads for each party, all of them running concurrently. Plenty of the ads feature the same material, repurposed to target different electorates and demographics. But the sheer volume of sponsored posts

We're now less than two weeks out from the Australian Federal Election and the action is really hotting up - the two prime ministerial hopefuls have gone head-to-head twice in debates, while candidates keep disappearing out of the race after social media gaffes. In the third of our weekly installments tracking the campaign, we take a look at the who, where, why and what (on earth!) of the political happenings ahead of a May 18 polling day. Head-to-head Scott Morrison and Bill Shorten squared off again in a televised debate on Friday, with commentators divided on who won: the audience narrowly gave it

It’s amazing what $3 billion can do. In case you missed it, $US3 billion is the amount Facebook has announced it is setting aside to pay a fine relating to the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Also in case you missed it – and on a very much related matter – Facebook today announced a major new commitment to privacy, as well as a pivot away from news feeds towards private messaging platforms and community-focused activity. That shift is unsurprising given the number of users for the Facebook-owned WhatsApp platform has grown to an estimated 1.6 billion – double what it was four years ago. But