A Budget banking on trust in extraordinary times

2016-17 Budget highlights Revenue: $416.9 billion GDP growth: 2.5% Expenditure: $450.6 billion Unemployment forecast: 5.5% Budget position: $37.1 billion Inflation: 2% Treasurer Scott Morrison warned this would be no typical budget and he was true to his word. The Turnbull government ignored the grand tradition of sweeteners for all in …

The communication challenge of a crisis

Ogilvy PR breakfast event examines the entrails of unfolding crises What do Cardinal George Pell, a small Nepalese baby, two boofy retired AFL footballers, the Rip Curl clothing company and leading crown prosecutor Margaret Cuneen, have in common? It could be one of those old jokes, but the punchline is …

The second Turnbull Ministerial Line Up

Not six months into the job, the PM has refreshed his frontbench and will hope this is the ministerial line up that he will take to the federal election later this year.Where stability was seen as one of the Coalition’s strengths, losing five ministers in less than five months is …

2015 MYEFO signals a significant shift

Budget 15th December 2015: “A Budget is a means to an end, not the end itself.” With that, Treasurer Scott Morrison used today’s release of the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) to firmly shut the door on the legacy of his predecessor. No longer will the return to surplus …

Innovation is the new black

One announcement. Some 24 policy measures covering 11 government portfolios. A $1.1 billion price tag. Today, the Prime Minister released his Government’s innovation statement – the National Innovation and Science Agenda – designed to transform innovation from a buzz word used by industry and government alike to a policy platform …

Susan Redden-Makatoa Elevated to Fellow of the PRIA

Ogilvy PR Australia’s Group Managing Director – Corporate, Susan Redden-Makatoa, has been elevated as a Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA). The National Board recently accepted the recommendation of the College of Fellows that she be given this honour. Elevation to Fellowship is one of the highest …

Prime Minister Turnbull Announces His Team

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has channelled Taylor Swift and given the Coalition Ministry a real shake up, going further than pundits had expected. It’s not a reshuffle that merely rewards his backers, nor one that punishes Abbott loyalists. Rather, it’s a reshuffle that focuses on delivering the Prime Minister’s vision …

Change in the Liberal Party leadership – Cool Hand Malcolm

Television remote-controls worked overtime last night as viewers flicked between two equally absorbing reality TV programs. X-Factor may have been more entertaining, but the Liberal Party’s performance within Parliament House was no doubt the most fascinating. In announcing his intention to contest the Liberal Party leadership, Malcolm Turnbull appeared to …

Parker & Partners Guide to the 2015 NSW budget: 23 June 2015

Budget highlights • Revenue: $69.1 billion • Expenditure: $67 billion • Budget result: $2.1 billion surplus • Economic forecasts: Gross State Product 2.5% in 2014-15, forecast 3% in 2015-16 • Major recurrent spending initiatives: Health up 5.4% in 2015-16, Education up 6%, Social Housing up 6.5% • Major capital investments: …