Bruce Hawker is a leading campaign manager with 30 years experience advising leaders in business and politics. As MD of Campaigns & Communications, Bruce manages crises and plans and executes communications campaigns.

Time is right to make mining wealth common wealth

Australia has avoided the worst effects of the Global Financial Crisis largely because of China’s continuing high demand for our minerals and the Rudd Labor Government’s $42 billion stimulus package.

The resource rich areas of our country are doing well, while other parts of the economy and many Australians are still  hurting.

Under our federation, the more populous and wealthier States, New South Wales and Victoria, have generally subsidised the other [...]

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Herman Cain

Guest blog – Graeme Wedderburn

I’ve seen hundreds of political advertisements and worked on more than I can remember.

But just when you think you’ve seen it all, along comes another one that goes right off the scale for quirky, weird, funny, odd, or at times, straight out dangerous.

There’s no political contest bigger than the one to claim the Presidency of the United States of America.

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Mike Rann retires: go well and good luck

By Bruce Hawker and Graeme Wedderburn

Today, one of Labor’s modern titans, Mike Rann steps down as Premier of South Australia.

By any fair assessment, he has achieved a great deal for South Australia, including a decade of steady economic growth, more jobs and investment.

The full list of his government’s achievements in health, education, transport, arts and culture, social inclusion and across all other portfolios exceeds [...]

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Campbell Newman and the pecuniary interests trap

I grew up in Queensland and watched the Bjelke-Petersen era end in disgrace. The Fitzgerald Royal Commission did important investigative work and a range of measures were introduced to restore public confidence in the integrity of government.

Among them was a public register of pecuniary interests for the Members of the Queensland Parliament - legislated in 1989. Pecuniary interest declaration requirements now apply to the entire public sector - including local government.
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