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.
Suffer the Little Children: Massive Cuts to NSW Child Protection Budget
The great anthropologist, Margaret Mead, once said that a society can be judged by the way it treats its elderly. Perhaps the better test is how a wealthy society treats its most vulnerable and disadvantaged. If that is the test then the O’Farrell Liberal government in NSW is failing badly.
In the last week it has been revealed that the Minister for Community Services is not ruling out cuts to child sexual assault programs and other child protection services. The Minister, [...]
Massive Cuts to Health and Education: a Tale of Two Cities and One Party
I believe that it's healthy for people to have their support for a particular political party tested every now and then. Those who blindly follow a party or a cause and never question its direction do themselves no favours. Anyone who has read my blog or heard my public comments will know that from time to time I have quite a lot to say about how the Labor Party could lift its game. However, at the end of the day my concerns about Labor always seem so much less worrying than what the [...]
1995 NSW Election: How The Liberals Removed an Unpopular Leader and Got Back in the Race
By the time the 1995 NSW election was held, Bob Carr's Labor Party had been in opposition for seven years. For most of that time I was his chief of staff.
Despite almost winning the 1991 election after just three years in the wilderness (see my blog on the 1991 campaign), Labor was forced to wait another four years in a hung Parliament before getting its [...]
The farcical policy outcomes that sometimes result from having to do deals with minor parties were on display in the NSW Parliament last week.
In order to guarantee the passage of its controversial partial energy privatisation legislation, the O'Farrell government did a deal with the Shooters and Fishers Party to allow recreational shooting in national parks. It is also considering making shooting a subject for study in NSW schools. These decisions were made in the face of [...]
The NSW Coalition and the fire sale of public assets
By Graeme Wedderburn
Twenty years ago, when I was working for the NSW Labor Party under then Opposition Leader Bob Carr, we rolled out an advertising campaign criticising the Greiner Government’s fire sale of public assets.
The campaign was critical of government plans to flog off the sandstone education building in Bridge Street, Sydney, the Fish Markets at Pyrmont, school sites including Marsfield Public School, and vacant bushland like [...]
It’s old news that the Coalition parties won a big majority in last year’s general election in New South Wales. The Liberals and the Nationals had spent 16 years in the political wilderness and approached every election since 1995, until the last one, with the uneasy feeling that they were doomed to four more years in opposition.
So after March 2011, you’d have thought Coalition MPs in NSW were the happiest cohort of their species.
NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell started last week saying he thought the Chairman of Infrastructure NSW, “Nick Greiner’s had better ideas” when he floated a citizens’ jury of 100 people to choose transport projects for Sydney and decide how they should be funded.
Now I’m convinced that the Premier himself has had better ideas than to create a new transport bureaucracy and appoint the former Liberal Premier to head it up.