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.

Why Turnbull Scored Lunch With Clive Palmer: the Hottest Date in Canberra

Canberra isn't so much a city as a giant microscope where everything every leading politician does is minutely examined. Accordingly, the same leading politicians carefully think through everything they do in public. So when Malcolm Turnbull asked Clive Palmer, the hottest date in town, out to lunch at a Chinese restaurant both men had to know that it would at least spark a brush-fire. As it turned out, Turnbull's over the top response to Andrew Bolt's opinion piece on Monday ( › more

Now for a Long Term Response to the Budget

Tony Abbott's first Budget has been well and truly analysed in recent days. Accordingly, I do not propose to discuss here the horrors of the Budget and it's impact on those least able to cope with its deep cuts to benefits and services. My concern, as a political campaigner, is to focus on how those opposed to this government can better combine and maintain an ongoing campaign right up to the next election in 2016.

History tells us that Prime Ministers can recover from the [...]

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The Coalition whinging about ICAC is nothing new

This article originally appeared in The Guardian.

It had to happen. After last week's controversy which led to the resignation of Barry O'Farrell, we started hearing complaints and calls from the Coalition for the corruption watchdog's powers to be reduced. This is not new: it happened very early in Icac's life.

Back in 1990 and in its [...]

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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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