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Waking up yesterday I needed to remind myself of the occasion, as it has been a remarkably calm lead-up to political decision day 2021. There has been comparatively little tension in the contest this time around on all fronts – the policy debate, the personal attacks and even the politically engaged media have all lacked energy. A quick drive around suburbia on Saturday morning did nothing much to excite me either, the usual sign positioning battles over night must have also been a weak affair, as volumes of paraphernalia and rusted on volunteers appeared to have scaled to match the downsized turnout. A

As the Australia Day holiday rolls around each year, questions are raised about our history and national identity. At the heart of these questions - multiculturalism, colonisation and inclusion. For some, this date means barbecues, fireworks and gatherings with friends and family – a day to celebrate Australia. But for others, the day is far from a celebration – signifying the beginning of dispossession, destruction of culture and separation of families. Consequently, some Australians refer to January 26 as Invasion Day, Survival Day and Day of Mourning. A Nation Divided The debate around changing the date, saving the date, or cancelling the holiday all

There's a lot of noise on social channels right now from people who are switching from WhatsApp to other messaging services. The move seems to be driven by the (wrong) assertion that changes in WhatsApp’s user policies mean the app will begin pushing personalised information about you to its parent company, Facebook. Now, I’m not a huge supporter of Facebook’s grip on our personal data (or indeed what it has done with that data in the past), but the changes it is making do not mean your personal information will be any more compromised than it already is on WhatsApp -

For the McGowan State Government, WA’s economic recovery from COVID-19 is all about infrastructure. Accelerated programs to build roads, rail and bridges are expected to bring about jobs and assets for the future. But what will these expedited projects mean for the communities where they will be built?   Our stakeholder engagement experts explain why avoiding tick-box engagement, and developing a strong consultation program, is more important than ever when timeframes for delivery are crunched. How many projects have been fast tracked? More than 80 major rail, road, coastal and cycling projects over the next two years. A streamlined process for contract awards

As we embark on 2021, the world finds itself at a major turning point – politically, economically, technologically and socially. What’s next? It’s never easy to predict, and especially so this year! For businesses and communication experts, the best way forward is to reflect and learn from the year that was – the lockdown; the economic and social impacts; the devastating bushfires; the disruption of everyday life. The events of 2020 transformed how we communicate. We asked some of Perth’s best communication experts to look back on 2020 and give us their predictions for 2021. A purpose-driven focus With lots of social justice issues

In between designing websites and branded collateral for clients, Cannings Purple's Art Director, Adam Elovalis takes a break to tell us who he is when he's not working. In our 'Purple Conversations' series, you'll find out about the Cannings Purple team - what led them to their careers; what they do in their spare time and even what they’re currently watching on Netflix. Meet Art Director, Adam Elovalis Adam Elovalis lives and breathes design. An Art Director with a diverse skill set covering print and digital design, Adam developed his design knowledge in a variety of industries including real estate, government, mining, not-for-profit,

Thankfully, here in Western Australia we’ve been spared rising COVID-19 infection rates and the social unrest that has been felt in many other destinations. But how has our response to the pandemic strengthened our State’s reputation? Last week, some of Perth's best communication specialists battled it out at IABC's event, The Great Debate. We took the opportunity to hear what they thought.   WA’s Major Industries Continue to Make a Considerable Contribution Chamber of Minerals and Energy’s Director, Policy and Advocacy, Rob Carruthers said he believed COVID-19 has made WA’s brand stronger on the national stage. “As we’ve seen over the last few months, and how

We are proud to announce that Cannings Purple has been recognised as an Employer of Choice in The Australian Business Awards (ABA) 2020. Although we’ve won a host of awards over the years, both regionally and internationally, we are particularly delighted to be recognised as an Employer of Choice.     Annette Ellis is our CEO: “We invest a great deal in workplace culture and values, then hire people who share them.  This means that our values don’t live in a manual, or on a poster in the kitchen, they are reflected in behaviours that we hold each other accountable for and that’s a

From front bench to park bench, party rooms to the great outdoors, The Bench sees our politicians take a break from debating policy and the state of our nation to enjoy a park-side chat with senior journalist turned Cannings Purple operative, Peter Klinger. These interviews add a breath of fresh air to all things politics, providing a unique insight into the life and times of our elected representatives. With discussion topics ranging from electorate issues to sport and everything in between, The Bench undoubtedly presents a candid, lighthearted series bound to intrigue, inform and entertain. Podcast Early Life The Hon. Peter Tinley AM MLA discusses

It’s not an acronym that rolls off the tongue, but dramatic changes in data breach legislation mean knowing about OAIC — the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner — is vital for all Australian businesses, writes Jamie Wilkinson. If you’ve not heard of the OAIC before, you have a matter of weeks before it could become the most important four letter acronym in your world. The OAIC is the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner. It is a government agency with three main roles: overseeing privacy issues, freedom of information functions and government information policy functions. And within that remit is a duty to

Even though it’s a digital world, traditional media matters for monitoring, writes Consultant Emma Britton. There’s nothing like a social media slam to give business leaders a wake-up. It might be a cranky customer who has hopped on Facebook in the wee hours, adding angry-face emojis to their diatribe. It might be criticism of your staff on Twitter by an upset ‘egg’ with three followers and a disdain for punctuation. Something about the immediacy and human face of social media means that comment, and the scattered retweets or likes that follow, can cut to the heart of a business. But while social media monitoring is

Photo by Thomas Kelley on Unsplash When it comes to the politics of energy, free markets aren’t always the best option, writes Cannings Purple Director Richard Harris. The Eastern States is in the middle of an affordability crisis. The Federal Government is in a world of political pain trying to grapple with policy solutions while copping a beating from the media and political opponents. And no, I am not talking about housing affordability for first home buyers. We are talking about skyrocketing energy prices – the cost of electricity and gas, primarily for businesses and especially for manufacturing industries which are reliant on competitively priced energy

The last few years have seen an exponential rise in “entrepreneur speak”, innovation and constant coverage of the Silicon Valley Unicorns that are changing the way many companies do business. The innovation revolution is here and the future has never been harder to predict. Businesses and industries that always seemed safe and predictable are struggling to stay ahead. The Ubers, the AirBnBs and Brickx of the world will continue to evolve established models and disrupt industries. You invest in R&D R&D doesn’t need to be a costly long-term investment or a phrase to be feared. R&D can be easy and the impacts on

There is more to an impressive presentation than PowerPoint transitions, writes senior graphic designer Adam Elovalis. PowerPoint still seems to be the go-to platform for many businesses when creating presentations, pitch decks, even desktop publishing materials. The software was fantastic in its heyday. It was successful because its interface was simple to use, and it was relatively easy to create simple boardroom presentations. There also wasn’t much competition. But after almost 30 years as market leader, demand for more complex presentations has opened the door to other players: Keynote Advantages: Keynote is PowerPoint’s slick, younger brother. It has dynamic templates and themes and its interface