Most governments in political trouble immediately reach for a pot of populism and the pumps which spread the money around. The Queensland Government seems to be trying to test the contrary assumption.
A keynote address delivered to the Public Relations Institute of Australia's ACT Awards for Excellence in September 2010.
The greatest challenges and uncertainty created by the new minority government are not for politicians or business - but for an Australian media trapped in clichéd, formulaic political coverage.
I was glad I missed the election and was very sorry at not being able to vote for Angela Merkel.
Every PR person in the world is at some stage or other trying to promote some product, service, concept – or even themselves – as the next big thing.
One of the biggest problems facing anyone interpreting what is going on in politics is that they simply don’t have access to the most important research political parties and governments undertake – qualitative polling.
With an election looming one thing we can be certain about: populism will be more popular with politicians than almost any other form of political activity except alliteration.
The BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill is not only creating a mess in Florida and nearby States – it’s also creating a massive mess with BP’s decades-long campaign to work with NGOs on environmental issues.
Already the spin is in – John Howard got knocked back for the ICC job because he opposed the Zimbabwean Government. Sadly, it is much more complicated than that.
In science, getting closer and closer can lead to revelations. In political science, it often makes things darker and harder to see.