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It may look, smell, and walk like a database but your stakeholder database can be so much more than that.  Here are some simple reasons why you should start looking at your database differently and appreciating it for what it really can be.  It’s your record Well, of course – right? A database, by its very nature, is a record system. But it’s more than just a box-ticking exercise. It’s a permanent and evolving reference of every interaction you have had with your stakeholders. You’ll be forever grateful for the perfect database when it’s easy to track not only what you did and

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

The Federal Budget provides the first surplus in more than a decade and made headlines for generous tax cuts, cash handouts and infrastructure spending. But how much did it actually deliver for WA and Western Australians? GST Firstly, addressing a long-standing priority, rules around the $69 billion GST revenue distribution to the states have changed, with WA the main beneficiary in this year’s Budget. Our total payment has risen from $9.8 billion to $11.1 billion. While the change is welcome, the Budget unfortunately also forecasts a $10 billion downturn in overall GST revenue, triggered by the property downturn in Sydney and Melbourne. So

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

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

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

WA had reason to be pleased after the GST reform package cleared the Senate recently but one big question still remains: did it have to take so long? And, building on that query, would the previous GST system have been overhauled more quickly if it were NSW and Victoria being penalised rather than us? The good news for WA is that key economic pointers suggest we’re continuing to emerge from the worst downturn in living memory. The GST fix can only help. But despite those green shoots, it’s fair to say that Canberra is only just starting to gain a true appreciation for

In an environment in which one errant tweet can get you suspended from trading, rules around research reports have experienced significant change and  the validity of paid online media coverage is in the spotlight – the last thing a listed company wants to do is fall foul of ASX guidelines. That was the theme of a well-attended, engaging and at times spirited panel discussion at a joint event run by Cannings Purple and the ASX this week. Here are seven key takeaways from panellists James Rowe (ASX, WA State Manager), Eddie Rigg (Argonaut Securities Deputy Chairman) and Jamie Wilkinson (Cannings Purple, Director

If you want a quick insight into the rising levels of interest and concern around “shareholder activism in Australia” then you need only Google that very phrase. By our count, 16 of the first 25 results involve professional services firms providing a glimpse into the phenomenon and promoting their ability to help prospective clients prepare for it. There is also an entry for an event that was hosted by the Macquarie Applied Finance Centre in April. Not surprisingly, it was marked as “sold out.” Shareholder activism is hardly a new thing – Isaac Le Maire might have coined it in the 1600s during

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

And in what felt like a blink of an eye, Diggers & Dealers 2018 is done and dusted again. A near-record crowd of about 2300 delegates – miners, explorers, financiers, investors, media and service providers – did the annual pilgrimage to the Goldfields Arts Centre in Kalgoorlie-Boulder for this outstanding and world-class mining investment forum. So what did we learn? Exploration and growth stories were popular though investors made clear that their interest was not matched by a willingness – at the moment – to part with cash. The Trump Trade Wars are to blame. And another year has passed without the much-hyped consolidation

Cannings Purple, one of Australasia’s leading strategic communications agencies, has announced a number of internal promotions including the appointment of digital expert Ruth Callaghan to the newly created role of Chief Innovation Officer. Ms Callaghan will continue to work with clients, with a dual focus on assessing innovative strategies and services as well as developing new opportunities to strengthen both Cannings Purple’s and our clients’ digital and data-driven solutions. Cannings Purple’s Managing Director Warrick Hazeldine said the creation of the Chief Innovation Officer role was driven by the pace of disruption in the way businesses and leaders communicate. “The one certainty for all

The damage to wine labels of knock-off brand lookalikes is significant – both for sales and reputation. But the trade in Australian counterfeits is booming, writes wine expert and Cannings Purple corporate affairs account manager Ray Jordan. Wine counterfeiting is big bucks, both for those cashing in through such deceptive practices, and those trying to stop it to protect their brands. The culture of the knock-off has been refined to the point where people happily pay a fraction of the real price in the knowledge that what they are buying is fake – but who really cares if it looks the same.

Corporate Affairs Director Fran Lawrence looks at the announcement for an independent body, which should — finally — take the politics out of planning.   Earlier this year, WA Premier Mark McGowan officially launched plans for a new capital works advisory body designed to take the politics out of planning the State’s biggest investments. To be known as Infrastructure WA, the new body is tasked with developing a 20-year infrastructure strategy that identifies areas of growth and opportunity and maps out the investment required to support it. The announcement, at a Property Council of Australia (PCA) breakfast, was one that had been an election