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8 August 2017: Opportunity for Government, or for Litigation?

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Federal Parliament House

Australia is supposed to have seventy-six Senators: right now we have no more than seventy-four, possibly only seventy-two, and possibly far fewer; and when Parliament resumes on 8 August, expect political and legal fireworks because of it – read more here https://ethicalconsultingservices.wordpress.com/2017/07/28/170808-opportunity-for-what/

Apologies for this entirely odd post – not at all sure how it got here when it was supposed to be somewhere else entirely.

Last Week in Queensland – 28 November 2016

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Senator George Brandis

Senator Brandis’ assessment of the Queensland Liberal National Party Opposition as mediocre and potentially demerging kept the media excited all week, as did findings adverse to Queensland child welfare workers, last week in Queensland.

 

Governing

 

The Opposition and Crossbench

 

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Community

 

Economy and Infrastructure

 

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  • Queensland’s Parliament sits this week from Tuesday 29 November to Thursday 1 December
  • The Queensland Parliament’s summary of what’s new, including newly-introduced and passed legislation, is here www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-assembly/whats-new
  • Both Houses of Federal Parliament sit this week, from today, Monday 28 November to Thursday 1 December – see www.aph.gov.au

Sleeper Issues?

 

 

 

 

 

 

* We’re not representing that this is a complete coverage of news in Queensland – it certainly isn’t, and it’s what we find interesting or important, and sometimes what’s unusual.  Some of the links will require subscriptions to read content.

 

 

Last Week in Queensland – 28 March 2016

last-week-logo-2News* was dominated by the success of the 4-year-Parliamentary-terms referendum, and Local Government election updates/fallout; and the Palaszczuk Government might have better relations with crossbench Members of Parliament, but they still have an agenda of their own!

Governing

 

Local Government

As counting continues:

 

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Photo: Veni Markovski

Politics

 

Community

 

Economy and Infrastructure

 

Parliament

 

Sleeper Issues?

 

 

 

*     We’re not representing that this is a complete coverage of news in Queensland – it certainly isn’t, and it’s what we find interesting or important, and sometimes what’s unusual.  Some of the links will require subscriptions to read content.

Last Week in Queensland – 22 February 2016

last-week-logo-2A busy Parliamentary week has generated plenty of political news*!

Governing

lawrence-springborg-2The Opposition

Politics

Community

jackie-tradEconomy and Infrastructure

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Sleeper Issues?

 

 

*     We’re not representing that this is a complete coverage of news in Queensland – it certainly isn’t, and it’s what we find interesting or important, and sometimes what’s unusual.  Some of the links will require subscriptions to read content.

 

Queensland Premier Palaszczuk: Investing in Merit?

seesawIf you’ve ever watched the filling of Cabinet advisor jobs after an election, you would be aghast: across all political parties, narrow networks, factional partisans, warlord loyalists, mates of mates, and the staff from the previous (losing) Government of the same Party, are usually the principal sources of political advisors.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has insisted on a new way: she’s demanded competitive, merit-based* selection: the new Government has advertised senior Ministerial advisor roles via Seek**, and Ministers were initially allowed to employ a small number of temporary staff only.

One of the advantages of the usual system is speed: a Ministerial office can be up and running in a week; one of the disadvantages of merit selection plus competition is that it can’t work very fast.

How well this innovation works in the medium and long term remains to be seen, and that will be the test of the Premier’s innovation, but some of the new Ministerial offices have been struggling to respond effectively to correspondence and phone calls, until they secure more staff.

Boding well for the long term and tending to validate the new system, I’m aware of several excellent Ministerial staffing appointments that couldn’t have been made under the old patronage system.

 

* See www.legislation.qld.gov.au/LEGISLTN/CURRENT/P/PublicServA08.pdf, s27 onwards ( – this link is now fixed, I trust)
** It’s reported that the new Government was swamped with 5,000 applications for the various jobs.

Crisis Management 101

From Wikimedia Commons

From Wikimedia Commons

Here’s a downloadable basic primer on crisis management, for you – Happy New-ish Year!

In 2011 Mike Smith gave a presentation on political crisis management to The Art of Political Campaigning Conference* organised by Campaigns & Elections Magazine in Washington DC.

The presentation has been tidied it up and reformatted, and it now might be useful as a very basic crisis management tutorial, with obvious US, and election, taints!

It includes a number of crisis management failure case studies, some of which make depressing reading.

You can download it here – if you use it anywhere, please attribute!

 

* This is an annual conference – Mike presents most years, on such topics as crisis management, campaign organisation, strategy development, etc.