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.
A Leadership Ballot for Labor Leader is Critically Important if the Party is to Grow
It is critically important to the future of the Australian Labor Party that there is a rank and file vote for the next Leader. If the Party is to grow it must broaden its base. The best way of doing that is to give branch members a say in who their next Parliamentary Leader will be.
The reforms that Kevin Rudd introduced in July this year create two electoral colleges within the Labor Party to elect the Parliamentary Leader. 50% of the vote will come from [...]
Even British Tories Allow a Conscience Vote on Gay Marriage, Why Won't Tony Abbott?
This was an historic week in the British Parliament as the House of Commons voted to allow gay marriage. Now the only obstacle of sorts to the measure is the House of Lords as the Conservative Party's hard right grouping looks for ways to prevent the bill's final passage into law.
The bill passed through the Commons by a big margin of 366 to 161 in a day where two ministers voted against the bill and other Conservatives urged the unrepresentative House of Lords to block the [...]
Men and Women of Australia: The Decline of Great Speech Making
The first time I voted in an election was 1974. Gough Whitlam was about to be re-elected just 18 months after his historic 1972 victory. Like most of my friends, I was keen to see Labor returned and was caught up in a suitably watered down Australian version of a personality cult as we pulled behind the Whitlam Government. When I heard that he was going to address a midweek evening rally on Brisbane's north side, I had no hesitation in heading off to see the helmsman speak.
Yesterday, NSW Labor Leader John Robertson made an important speech entitled "A New Standard" where he announced important reforms to the way Labor organises itself in that State.
In it, he outlined plans to:
1. Require all MPs to disclose full details of their taxable income so that the public knows precisely the source of any income from business and other interests. Nor will they be able to hide money from public scrutiny by putting investments in the name [...]