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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

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

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

 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. Our full interview with Jess Shaw MLA, Member