Senator Lambie suspension likely to cause headaches

November 19, 2014 by  
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The cracks have turned to chasms as Palmers’ not-quite-so United Party succumbs to its own inner turmoil. Somewhat spectacularly, Party Leader Clive Palmer this morning suspended Jacqui Lambie’s rights to attend future party meetings (noting that she’d already missed the past three). At the same time he also demoted her as the Party’s Deputy Leader and Deputy Whip.

The tensions started to emerge publicly back in August when Senator Lazarus attempted to quell any suggestions of a rift when he told reporters “It’s just a load of rubbish …Jacqui and I are tighter than ever….We love each other deeply.” Astute political observers could not help but see such words as evidence that there was trouble in paradise.

The tension within the Party has clearly been brewing for some time, and finally came to a head last week when Senator Lambie criticised her PUP colleagues on ABC 730. That same evening Lambie’s chief of staff Rob Messenger was expelled from the party for what Clive Palmer calls his “disruptive influence” and for making “false and misleading statements” about PUP Senators, while Palmer himself dismissed Lambie as “a drama queen”. Lambie removed the PUP logo from her website, leading to speculation that she may choose to resign from the Party and follow the lead of Senator Madigan who in September resigned from the Democratic Labour Party to operate as an Independent. Such a move has today become the odds-on favorite.

If (as looks increasingly likely) Lambie defects and becomes an independent, what will be the repercussions?

Firstly, there is some legal issues to be considered. Senate practice suggests that should a vacancy arise within a Party, that position must be replaced by another member of that same Party. Senator Madigan was able to work around this point, and there will certainly be discussions and investigations underway both in Lambie and Palmer’s offices to work out logistics as far as PUP is concerned.

More significant will be the impact on the Senate vote as the Coalition attempts to have its legislative changes passed through the Upper House.

The Senate comprises 76 positions. The Coalition hold 33 of those seats, Labor hold 25, and the Greens have 10. That leaves 8 seats in the infamous “cross bench”. Assuming The Greens continue their practice of voting with Labor, the Coalition will require 6 of the 8 crossbenchers to vote with them to pass legislation, while Labor will require only 4 of the 8 to block.

The crossbench had been considered as comprising three separate voting “blocks” where Bob Day (Family First) and David Leyonhjelm (Liberal Democrats) vote together; John Madigan (Independent) and Nick Xenophon (Independent) vote together, and Ricky Muir (Motoring Enthusiasts) votes in a block with the three PUP Senators. The PUP block has already broken as Ricky Muir proves his capacity to think for himself and, with Lambie, pulled away from the PUP position and added their names to the disallowance motion which is likely to unwind the Coalition’s changes to Labor’s Future of Financial Advice reforms.

If/when Lambie splits from PUP she will be confirmed as a free radical who will be unlikely to vote in a set block but will bounce toward any position where she feels her vote will win a better deal for her state of Tasmania. Her statement that “I just want to do something that is positive for Tasmania,” will surely to ring loud in the ears of the likes of Minister Christopher Pyne who will be doing all he can do woo her vote, PUP or no PUP, in his quest to see his higher education reforms passed into law.
By Michael Hartmann, Parker & Partners

Executive women gain tips on building their professional profile

November 11, 2014 by  
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Susan Redden Makatoa, our very own Group Managing Director – Corporate at Ogilvy Public Relations, was Executive Women Australia’s latest Masterclass speaker, sharing her tips on a critically important issue for women – raising our professional profile.

Drawing from her own experiences, which includes over 20 years working in corporate communication, change and advocacy roles, Susan assured the audience that everyone has a story to tell.

Urging women to stop being selfish and by reminding them they have a responsibility to share their experiences and knowledge, Susan provided her tips on how to do this.

Her three rules of thumb to those that want to build their professional story in a credible way are:

1. Get amongst it –  grow your circle through channels such as Twitter, conferences, professional groups, LinkedIn, NFP boards and alumni committees.

2. Be generous – help others out without expecting anything in return; and

3. Make yourself useful – make sure your story is authentic, delivered in a way that makes sense to others (no corporate bingo), and is meaningful and useful to your audience.

A mother of four young children, Susan is not immune to the time pressures facing many women. She handles this by what she calls ‘sweating the assets – making her content work across multiple channels. So, if she writes an article for an industry newsletter, you can be sure she’s also shared it via her social media channels to expand her credibility and reach.

Given the notes being taken during Susan’s presentation, we expect to be hearing more professional stories from women soon.

Arli Miller – Parker&Partners/Ogilvy PR

Ogilvy PR and Canon in full focus at PRIA State Awards for Excellence

October 31, 2014 by  
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Ogilvy Public Relations and Canon have been acknowledged for some outstanding work by the Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA).

At yesterday’s glittering PRIA NSW State Awards for Excellence ceremony in Sydney, Canon with Ogilvy PR picked up a ‘NSW Highly Commended’ in the Consumer Marketing category for its Canon Shine communications campaign.

“I am so proud of the work done by the Ogilvy Canon team, who all worked tirelessly on this campaign in collaboration with Andrew Giles at Canon. It’s an incredible honour to be acknowledged alongside some truly excellent campaigns,” said Kieran Moore, CEO, Ogilvy PR Australia.

Canon Shine was centred on elevating the power of images to do more in a world that is saturated with meaningless photos.

“It is an honour to be acknowledged by the industry among so many strong campaigns,” said Andrew Giles, head of Communications and PR at Canon. “We recognised from day one the special opportunity that we had with Canon Shine for Public Relations to spark conversation and influence opinion on truly large scale. The team executed with excellence to make it happen, and this is the icing on the cake.”

Read the full list of winners here.

The strength & beauty of women, Lisa Wilkinson

Yearly Trumpet winner announced

October 30, 2014 by  
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Yearly winner Sally Wiber (R) nominated by colleague Emma Pearson (L)

Today, we announced the Trumpets end of year, best of the best winner, Sally Wiber. The Trumpets is our formal employee recognition program launched in May 2011 were any employee can nominate another in recognition of excellent work. Our company culture is built on our three core Values – Partnership, Learn & Grow and One Step ahead, and the program recognises values-based behaviours across the whole business – from great client work to the way we work with each other and aligned with our social and environmental commitments.

A huge congratulations to Sally for this well-deserved win and all of our quarterly winners (Bronte Tarn-Weir, Arli Miller, Marie-Claire Suter, Jacquie Potter, Louise Halloran, Justine Taylor, Braiden Moffat, Georgina Bonner, Tom Hunter, Jess Smart and Klara Kalocsay). The prize is an ‘experience’ of Sally’s choice.

The third round of Trumpets will be launched in January 2015 and we’re looking forward to sharing more great stories and celebrating our values.

Ogilvy PR Puts Faith In Stuart Smith’s Turnaround Skills

October 24, 2014 by  
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Every business likes to think it is special. Among the big global PR networks, however, Ogilvy PR actually is unique. It is the only one of the top 10 PR agencies that is larger in Asia-Pacific than in its home region, a fairly remarkable state of affairs when you consider Ogilvy PR’s US origins.

This is also a recent phenomenon, with Ogilvy’s Asia-Pacific fee income only outstripping US revenues during the past couple of years. All of which means that new global CEO Stuart Smith is taking over a business that is rather differently shaped to the firm that former Asia-Pacific head Chris Graves took charge of in 2009.

Ogilvy PR Asia-Pacific has grown considerably over the past decade to exceed $130m in fee income, while the firm’s US operations have flatlined, hampered by difficult trading conditions, the conclusion of some large government projects in Washington DC, and senior staff turbulence. This may explain why not too many people at Ogilvy PR are keen to play up the shift; after all, it is a situation that owes as much to North America’s under-performance as it does to Asia’s impressive growth.

Read the full story here

Ogilvy PR retain top spots in 2014 creative ranking

October 21, 2014 by  
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Ogilvy PR has retained the top spots in the Holmes Report’s third annual ranking of creative excellence in the PR industry.

The Global Creative Index analyses entries and winners from more than 25 PR award programmes from around the world, over a 12 month period, using the 2014 Cannes Lions as a cut-off point. Scores were weighted according to a Holmes Report formula that placed particular emphasis on Best of Show winners.

Read the full story here.

Microsoft boss urges executive women to disrupt the status quo

October 20, 2014 by  
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All eyes were on one of Australia’s most successful executives and passionate advocate for workplace gender equality, Pip Marlow – Managing Director of Microsoft Australia – at Executive Women Australia’s latest Masterclass.

Drawing on her own experiences, Pip delivered a lively, interactive and often candid presentation that included insights on gender equality in the workplace. From the onset, her message was clear that each of us has a role in disrupting the status quo and help female executives achieve their full potential.

She began by acknowledging progress has been made over the years, including legislated maternity leave, women in government and examples of mentoring programs, organisations embracing diversity principles and targets.

However, she continued, Australia’s pace for change is slow – a sentiment and frustration shared by many in the room.

Across the economy women are still underrepresented. Labour force participation by women in Australia has slipped to 52nd globally. Only 10.1 per cent of key executives in ASX200 companies are female. Women still earn less than men – $238.20 less per week and the gender pay gap is actually increasing.

Her opinion for the slow pace of change is threefold. Firstly, an unconscious bias exists in the workforce, in which incorrect assumptions made about women are accepted rather than questioned. Secondly, everyone needs to be accountable for diversity – not just the leadership. Lastly, the majority of workplaces still weight achieving the bottom line as its most critical target, not achieving diversity.

So what can we do?

Pip’s advice is that we all have a responsibility and a role to disrupt the status quo – change will not happen if we sit around.

Gender equality and diversity targets need to be part of daily workplace conversation – we need to speak up in conversations about business targets, results, performance and promotions. We need to hold people accountable.

We can’t leave this fight to others. Every day, in work places across the country, there are opportunities to advance the conversation, to start building.

Pip finished her presentation with a point that is often forgotten and a strong applause from the audience – women’s issues don’t just concern women. They are issues for us all.

EWA Chair and Ogilvy PR Group Managing Director, Corporate – Susan Redden Makatoa thanked Pip for her generosity to help further the careers of executive women and expressed our company’s pride in working with Microsoft.

Arli Miller, Director – Parker&Partners/Ogilvy Public Relations

Chris Graves named Chair of The Council of Public Relations Firms

October 15, 2014 by  
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Ogilvy Public Relations chairman Chris Graves has been named the new Chair of The Council of Public Relations Firms. Prior to his appointment, he served as Director with The Council since 2012.

Last year, Chris chaired The Council’s Critical Issues Forum titled Content Frenzy, which provided debate about the persistent quandaries clients, media properties, and communications firms face as they try to create content and garner viewers’ attention.

This year’s Critical Issues Forum, The PR Genome Project will cover the Public Relations industry’s search for its evolutionary path forward, again led by our very own Chris Graves and surely another sold out event.  Link to PRWeek for the full article.

The Council of Public Relations Firms is the trade association of America’s leading public relations firms. Its membership represents the premier global, mid-size, regional and specialty firms across every discipline and practice area. The Council’s mission is to advocate for and advance the business of public relations firms by building the market and the value of firms as strategic business partners. For more information about the Council, visit

Kieran Moore elevated to fellow of the PRIA

October 13, 2014 by  
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Ogilvy PR Australia’s CEO, Kieran Moore 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 honours awarded by the PRIA.

A Fellow of PRIA is person who has:

  • at least 10 years full-time professional public relations experience
  • had senior status in public relations practice or public relations education on a full-time basis for at least 5 years
  • who, having been a Full Member, has in the opinion of PRIA’s Board of Directors made an outstanding contribution to the public relations profession through excellence in achievements and adherence to the highest professional standards

The assessment criteria includes:

  • Excellence in achievements and adherence to the highest professional standards
  • Service to PRIA
  • Pro-bono service to community organisations

Nominations for Fellowship are closely scrutinised at a State, College, and then National level.  Kieran will be presented with her certificate at the Annual dinner of the College of Fellows in conjunction with the PRIA National Conference in Brisbane in November.

Fourth round Trumpet winners announced

September 26, 2014 by  
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Today we announced the fourth round Trumpet winners.  The Trumpets is our formal employee recognition program launched in May 2011. Our company culture is built on our three core Values – Partnership, Learn & Grow and One Step ahead, and the program recognises values-based behaviours across the whole business – from great client work to the way we work with each other and aligned with our social and environmental commitments.

We had nine nominations with Braiden Moffat, Tom Hunter and Georgina Bonner picking up the prize.  They will go into the running to be the end of year winner who will win an experiential prize of their choice worth $4,000.

Congratulations to all.

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