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.
Its Time For Labor To Revisit Its Relationship With Unions
Bill Shorten has made a commendable start in opening up the debate on the relationship between the Labor Party and unions. However, the proposed changes don't come anywhere near to breaking the grip that certain secretaries of affiliated unions have on the decision making processes in the ALP.
The case for historic and fundamental changes to the structure of the Labor Party is overwhelming - in part because the declining influence of unions in the workplace is in inverse [...]
Last week was a damaging one for Tony Abbott. Two events - his bungled attempt to retreat from our legal commitment to preventing certain racist utterances and his surprise announcement that imperial honours will be returned - could both damage him in the eyes of middle Australia over the longer term. They also demonstrate [...]
Labor Can Avoid Abbott's Carbon Tax Trap by Supporting an Emissions Trading Scheme
The debate over whether Labor should stand in the way of the Abbott Government and block any moves to abolish the Carbon Tax is based on the false premise that it is Labor policy to support a Carbon Tax. In fact, Labor's policy is to support an Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). Both the Carbon Tax and the ETS are based on the principle that there should be a price on carbon to slow down the reliance on climate change inducing fossil fuels. However, the ETS is an international scheme which [...]
The Australian Institute of Company Directors ("Bring business into cabinet", The Australian, December 27) has made a welcome entry into the debate about how cabinets should be formed in Australia. Their call for constitutional changes to allow a broader representation in [...]
We Went All The Way With LBJ. Do We Have To Do The Same With Obama?
American news bulletins invariably carry a story about US troops being deployed to some trouble spot.
On a stopover in Hawaii yesterday I was watching the local TV news. It included a story about an Hawaii based US brigade about to be deployed overseas. What caught my attention was the fact that this 200 strong contingent of marines - an advance guard for a force of 2,500 soldiers - was heading to...Darwin.
The story candidly described how this military [...]
Over the last week a number of politicians have attacked me for my public support for Kevin Rudd.
Their main point seemed to be that it was none of my business to become involved in a caucus battle. Well I beg to differ. First, I've been a member of the ALP since 1978. Second, I have worked on more than 30 state, territory and federal campaigns for the ALP - most of them successful. I believe it is every party member's business and every one of them should have their say. › more