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.

What was done right and what still needs work

By Andy Brack

This post originally from the Statehouse Report

APRIL 12, 2015 -- North Charleston, the state’s third largest city, has never been an easy place in which to live.  With large pockets of poverty and schools that face inner-city conflicts not found in suburbs, daily life -- even today -- can be a struggle.

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NSW election: Luke Foley will maintain the rage

April 1, 2015 - 1:36AM

Bruce Hawker

This article originally appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald

It's time to put some perspective into the debate about Labor's anti-privatisation campaign in the recent NSW election. The first point that seems to be lost on Michael Egan is that Labor's State Conference, the ALP's [...]

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Tony Abbott's survival an exquisite dilemma for Bill Shorten

Originally published in the Sydney Morning Herald

February 10, 2015 - 1:31AM Bruce Hawker

The more things change, the more they stay the same. After three years of unstable Labor leadership in government, the Coalition finds itself in precisely the same position with a wounded Prime Minister forced to fight the enemies within and [...]

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Half-hearted Coalition measures rewarded with drop in polls

Bruce Hawker

January 5, 2015 - 12:15AM

This article originally appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald

Scraping barnacles off the hull of a vessel makes it go faster but voters don't want Tony Abbott to speed up: they want him to change course.

Recent polls are particularly bad news for Tony [...]

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Why Labor should let Joe Hockey's budget through

In voting down the harshest aspects of the budget to avoid a catastrophe, Labor politicians are potentially denying themselves the chance to win back office in just three years

Despite the horrors an unpopular budget and a hung Senate have created for the Abbott government, I can't help but think that over the longer term, the Labor opposition is letting its opponents off the hook. By voting down some of the more unpopular measures in the budget, like the $7 Medicare [...]

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Barry O'Farrell's Recurring Memory Loss

The excuses are already being trotted out for Barry O'Farrell following his resignation for misleading ICAC about an expensive gift from a businessman under investigation for corruption.

Before everyone starts buying the "poor old Barry, he did the honourable thing" line, let's look at what actually happened and why his memory loss defence just doesn't stack up.

It is now accepted by O'Farrell that in 2011 he actually received a $3000 bottle of wine from Nick [...]

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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 [...]

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Abbott Government Slides Between Libertarian And Plain Old Conservative.

This piece was also posted in The Drum

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 [...]

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The Rudd Rebellion is out today

Dear Subscriber,

My book, The Rudd Rebellion: The Campaign to Save Labor, is now available to buy.

To thank you for your ongoing support, Melbourne University Press would like to offer you a special 20% discount on either the print or ebook edition if you order directly from MUP.

Click here to buy the book, and [...]

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