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As Australia faces record levels of debt and deficit in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Western Australian Treasurer Ben Wyatt today bucked the trend to post a $1.2 billion surplus in the State Budget, followed by surpluses in the range of $363 million in 2021-2022 to $1.5 billion in 2023-2024. Buoyed by high iron ore prices, which enabled Western Australia to bank $8.4 billion in royalties in 2019/20, the coffers are well placed to support the State’s economic recovery and combat the ongoing threat of the coronavirus. The Budget assumes that Western Australia’s borders will remain closed until April 2021. Importantly,

It’s been a good year to be purple. Heck, it was even officially named the colour of the year. Sure the Pantone colour of the year is technically Ultra Violet, but in the light of our own branding, we are happy to claim it (and assume our competitors are green with envy). The last time we got so excited was back in 1999, when Pantone nominated Cerulean as “colour of the millennium”, with the optimistic hope that it would herald a new age in which “consumers will be seeking inner peace and spiritual fulfillment”. According to Pantone, Ultra Violet (also known as Pantone 18-3838) is

I am very proud to have been honoured with the Curtin University Faculty of Business and Law Professional Achievement Award for 2018. I have always valued the knowledge I gathered at Curtin. Without it, the career I so much enjoy wouldn’t have happened. Every day on my way into campus I’d pass a sign that said “look ever forward” and those words still resonate for me today. I’m proud to be recognised within an alumni community of 230,000 graduates and because I am privileged to work with the very best communications people in Perth on a daily basis. Any success I have

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

It’s that time of year when gym memberships soar and everyone drags out their lycra for a spin. But what about your social media profiles? Ruth Callaghan suggests some New Year resolutions for your LinkedIn. Is your professional profile looking a bit flabby? Is your CV four years out of date, your contact list in a stack of lacky-banded business cards and your staff photograph of a much younger, wilder you? Perhaps it is time to give your most important social profile a 2018 makeover. LinkedIn is the most important social media account most corporate workers own — but it is

Download our white paper on preparing for notifiable data breaches hbspt.cta.load(2597977, '63a914ce-52b1-4a76-a8f9-112ce0febc21', {});   I’ll keep this brief. Uber has been hacked. It’s not the first time a major corporate has been on the wrong end of a cyber breach, but it’s particularly pertinent for Australian readers: in less than three months, new mandatory reporting legislation begins for some companies which discover personal data has been stolen. As we prepare to enter this new era of mandatory reporting, it’s worth looking at just what a hash Uber made of their data breach. When breaches happen, lawmakers and customers want accountability. The best way of

The social licence to operate is the most important 'permit' your project can secure, writes Richard Harris — but is the hardest to gain and easiest to lose. Getting a permit to build and operate a project – be it a mine, gas well, industrial plant or even a wind farm – is not just about submitting a completed form to the regulator or local council and expecting it to be ticked off. It is so much more than just complying with environmental rules and planning guidelines. Regulators and governments – at the local, State and national level – now require that the

As we creep closer to the State election, Associate Director Michael Cairnduff dissects the activities of the major parties in WA . All three major parties in WA have been active of late – the Liberals sorted out their internal squabble and let Premier Colin Barnett get back to doing what he does best, remaining steadfast in his direction for the State; the Nationals changed jockeys and launched a new revenue policy which has predictably created a war with the State’s two major iron ore producers; and the Labor leadership team has been busy trying to capitalise on their buoyancy in

User experience is not just a design consideration – it can be the measure of your success, writes Cannings Purple Senior Graphic Designer Adam Elovalis. We live in a world in which even the smallest tweak to a user interface, from Apple’s new design for its Music app, to the way a brand communicates on social media, can create millions of online shares and virtual column inches. User experience (UX) done well can create reputational kudos. Done badly, it can frustrate and anger your customers and clients. What is User Experience? User experience is any method by which a customer or prospective customer interacts with your