last-week-logo-2Cyclone Debbie bearing down, M1 upgrade funding secured, the LNP caught offering deals to One Nation,  and Adani mine viability is debated (again, still) – last week in Queensland http://ethicalconsultingservices.wordpress.com/2017/03/27/last-week-in-qld-170327/

Peta Credlin & Political Leadership

peta-and-tony-smallI enjoy freaking out my friends by telling them I like Peta Credlin, formerly Tony Abbott’s Chief of Staff.  Genuinely, I think she was a woman treated unfairly, that she was smart, tough and capable.  Her politics, sure, were an issue.

Now she’s spoken about gender …

You can read the rest of this article on the Ethical Consulting Services blog, here.

 

 

Australia’s New Government

Photo: Veni Markovski

Photo: Veni Markovski

Malcolm Turnbull, Australia’s new Prime Minister, announced his first Ministry on Sunday 20 September 2015.  They will be sworn in on Monday.

There are many significant  changes, including:

    • An increase in the number of women in Cabinet from two to five (Michaelia Cash, Kelly O’Dwyer, Marise Payne will join Julie Bishop and Sussan Ley);
    • Joe Hockey, Bruce Billson, Eric Abetz, Ian Macfarlane, Kevin Andrews and Michael Ronaldson are all leaving the Ministry, some apparently volunteering to go

 

 

You can read the rest of this article and download a full cope of the new Ministry at Ethical Consulting Services’ blog, here.

 

 

Labor Party National Conference – Preview

Don’t believe what you read in the media (e.g. www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/labor-powerbrokers-lose-control-with-reform-back-on-the-agenda-20150617-ghqeiy.html) and on Facebook.

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The Australian Labor Party’s triennial National Conference* is in Melbourne in a month – 24 to 26 July – and most analysis you’ll see is desperately …

 

You can read the rest of this article at the Ethical Consulting Services Blog, here.

 

 

Jointly Venturing: Wider Services & Capabilities

Ethical Consulting Services are thrilled to announce we’re now a partnership between former Queensland Government Minister Stephen Robertson and Government Relations specialist Mike Smith.

Stephen brings new specialties to the business – particularly inbound investment facilitation and project facilitation – beyond those Mike previously offered clients, so

You can read the rest of this article at the Ethical Consulting Services blog, here.

 

 

Queensland Election: Liberal National Party Review Released

Photo by Andrew Kesper

Photo by Andrew Kesper

On January 31, 2015, Queensland’s Liberal National Party lost State Government by a small margin, after having taken Government in 2012 with a record swing and a huge majority in the Queensland parliament.

Today the LNP released their review of what went wrong for them, and you can download it here …

Read the rest of this article on the Ethical Consulting Services blog, here.

 

 

 

How to Get That Meeting

knock-minister-door-smallIt’s no use having the best idea in the universe, if it requires Government input yet you can’t get to talk about it with a Government Minister* or senior public servant**.

There are many ways to secure that meeting, but all require effort and planning; not all are suitable for every issue, nor all the time.  They include

  • Write a letter/send an email,
  • Ask a Member of Parliament or political advisor to secure it,
  • Meet at a Community Cabinet,
  • Meet at a Party Conference business centre, or
  • Meet at a Party fundraiser.

You can read the rest of this article on the Ethical Consulting Services blog, here.

More? Women. Now?

7/8 of the women in the 2015 Queensland Cabinet - Coralee O'Rourke isn't in this shot

7/8 of the women in the 2015 Queensland Cabinet – Coralee O’Rourke isn’t in this shot

Very few people will disagree that politics needs to be more representative of the community – if we were truly choosing candidates on merit we would see more women politicians, more indigenous Australians, more migrants and their descendants, and proportionately fewer middle-aged, heterosexual, anglo men.

After the 2015 Queensland State election, the Labor side of the Queensland Parliament is 37% women. Overall the Queensland Parliament is 28% women.

You can read the rest of this article at the Ethical Consulting Services blog, here.

New Northern Territory Government-in-Waiting

gunner_michaelThe new Northern Territory Labor Shadow Cabinet announced today by Territory Opposition Leader Michael Gunner includes a new  portfolio of Open and Transparent Government*, to be held by the Opposition Leader himself.

Michael might be a bit unknown to those outside the Territory, even though he has a very good chance to be the next Chief Minister.  You can learn a bit about him …

 

The rest of this article can be found on the Ethical Consulting Services blog, here.

 

Members of Parliament: Photos, Contacts, Electorates

parl houseThe Queensland Parliament has updated and issued three guides to the current Parliament:

  • Photographs* of Members of Parliament, sorted by electorate name
  • Electorate locations linked to Members of Parliament photographs.
  • Member of Parliament contact lists.

These are three very useful things for we lobbyists, and for ordinary citizens, in spite of the great age of some of the photographs supplied to the Parliament.

 

Read the rest of this article, including links to download Parliamentary information, at the Ethical Consulting Services blog, here.