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Navigating your path through government engagement on any project can be a daunting task. Between departments and agencies, ministers, policy advisers, public servants, industry groups and lobbyists, there are plenty of reasons why you might feel lost. While the Government Relations team at Cannings Purple is here to guide you through these engagements, it is important not to forget about engaging with the community. Here are three reasons why: Politicians expect it: When we meet with politicians to talk about clients’ project/issues, there’s one question we are inevitably asked: “have you spoken to the community?” If the answer is “yes” and you

Meeting a minister is difficult. Leaving a meeting fully satisfied might sometimes seem impossible. But many of the reasons people get annoyed about ministerial meetings are the result of misunderstandings and misconceptions. Here are my top 10 reasons people get annoyed — and why they probably shouldn’t feel quite so put out. You don’t get a meeting at all, you may just get a letter or email response While everyone wants to meet the minister, a face-to-face meeting is often not required. It may be that in the view of the minister’s office, the issue you want to raise is easy to

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

Premier Mark McGowan’s announcement today of a mid-term reshuffle of his cabinet should be welcome news – particularly for anyone involved in the energy industry. For nearly two years of Mr McGowan’s premiership, Mines and Petroleum sat with Bill Johnston, while Energy was with Treasurer Ben Wyatt. The same split had existed as part of the previous Liberal government and in my opinion it never really worked, given that delivering energy in WA is a continuous process. The Mining and Petroleum portfolio contains the upstream elements of our oil and gas resources; Energy holds the downstream delivery into electricity and gas markets. Finally putting

WA Premier Mark McGowan has used today’s Committee for Economic Development of Australia WA State of the State event in Perth to reveal an expected return to budget surplus a year ahead of schedule. And the Premier says the surplus – now slated for the 2019-20 financial year – won’t just be a case of “squeaking over the line”. “It’s the first time Western Australia will be in surplus for six years,” Mr McGowan told a packed room at the Perth Exhibition and Convention Centre. “This will be a substantial surplus in the hundreds of millions of dollars. And there will be a

The country has a new prime minister, a freshly shaken-up ministry (including one newcomer from WA) and a set of Newspoll figures that strongly suggest Government would change hands if an election was held right now. Cannings Purple’s Director of Government Relations Astrid Serventy takes a look at a bewildering few days, with a particular eye on what Scott Morrison’s appointment as our 30th Prime Minister means for Western Australia.   The good news for WA… Is that West Australian representation in the ministry remains strong and one of Mr Morrison’s first public acts as PM was to reinforce his commitment to a multi-billion

The numbers that matter: State Budget 2018-19 Today, Treasurer Ben Wyatt delivered his much anticipated second Budget which will guide the State’s economic fortunes over the next 12 months and take the Government to the mid-term point. The Budget sets out an improved outlook for the State, with a significant improvement in forecasts and some light at the end of the debt tunnel, with debt now peaking at $40.8 billion in 2020-21. A deficit remains forecast for the next two years with the first surplus in 2020-21 of $1.3 billion. The Budget highlights the continued positive signs in the economy which will be

You’ve followed every election announcement and scrutinised every promise made – but just how well do you really know the policies? An analysis of candidate statements and policies proposed by a range of minor parties contesting the Western Australian election reveals a diverse and colourful grab bag of positions. And pinning the policy to the party is often more difficult than you might think Cannings Purple Senior Media Strategist, Ruth Callaghan, said some of the minor parties were expanding policy platforms in a bid to target specific voting blocks which were identifiable and active on Facebook. “The jostling for first preferences is resulting in

Last month Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett marked the anniversary of his eighth year in the role by winning a vote of confidence from his Liberal parliamentary colleagues, Associate Director Michael Cairnduff discusses what happens now he's put down a spill motion. His challenger, former Minister Dean Nalder had earlier resigned from the front bench along with fellow Cabinet member Tony Simpson. Is this the end of the story? Following the defeat, Mr Nalder spoke briefly accepting the result and congratulating the Premier on his continuation in the role. Since then, Mr Nalder has kept a low profile. The big question for the Liberal

Following our recent examination of Labor’s party branding, this week it is the turn of the Liberal Party of Australia. Jamie Wilkinson considers how the Liberals present themselves to the world in terms of branding and messaging. Cannings Purple Director of Design and Digital Jamie Wilkinson is a former BBC broadcaster and an expert in digital and social media content and management. Email Jamie.

Over the coming weeks, we will be investigating how political branding has changed over the last five decades for the major political parties. Jamie Wilkinson starts with a look at The Australian Labor Party. Click play to watch the full video below.  Cannings Purple Director of Design and Digital Jamie Wilkinson is a former BBC broadcaster and an expert in digital and social media content and management. Email Jamie.