Brisbane City Council election campaign – the value of holding your nerve in the face of a media storm
By Malcolm Cole
Director - SAS Media and Communications
The recent battle for control of Brisbane's largest local government was billed by media and political analysts as a cliff hanger – one that would "go right down to the wire". In the end, Lord Mayor Graham Quirk was re-elected comfortably, with an increased majority for his Liberal National Council. The final result could have been significantly different, however, without Quirk's calming influence and his exhortation to his troops to "hold your nerve" throughout the tumultuous final days of the campaign.
Filibuster in Senate – 40-hour debate
By SAS Group Chief Executive Peter Constantini
After a marathon 40-hour debate, the Senate has voted this afternoon to approve the Government's legislation to change the way Senators are elected.
Image: Andrew Meares, SMH.
When it comes to Senate reform, the real winner will be the Greens.
In what can only be described as an unusual alliance, the Federal Government has teamed up with Greens in order to overhaul the Senate voting system, however the long-term consequences will be profound.
SAS Group Director Larry Anthony explains.
Apprenticeships Australia – past uncertainty and future directions
By Michael Read - Senior Consultant
Last Friday, we saw the latest apprenticeship and traineeship numbers released, showing combined commencements are at their lowest levels in more than a decade with no sign of recovering.
The problem with these figures is they raise more questions than answers for policy makers.
Democracy in Action: Odds shortening for an early election
By SAS Group Director Larry Anthony
The odds are shortening for an early double dissolution election. Monday's news poll showing that the Government and ALP are on 50/50 demonstrates that the Turnbull honeymoon is over.
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