On this week’s Policy Forum Pod we dig into the alchemy of policy communication – where it’s been done well, when it’s been done badly, and how it can be done better – with our expert panel Frank Bongiorno, Fiona Benson, Andrew Hughes, and Pamela Kinnear.
From accidentally liking your own social media posts to celebrating in the wake of announcing a budget emergency, policy and political communication are challenging and when done badly can be catastrophic. On this week’s Policy Forum Pod we dig into the alchemy of policy communication – where it’s been done well, when it’s been done badly, and how it can be done better – with our expert panel Frank Bongiorno, Fiona Benson, Andrew Hughes, and Pamela Kinnear. It’s essential listening for anyone involved in the policymaking process.
This week’s policy panel are:
Fiona Benson is founder of FJ Partners Strategic Advisory. She is a former press secretary to two federal cabinet ministers, and specialises in devising innovative stakeholder engagement, media, and communications strategies.
Professor Frank Bongiorno is the Head of the School of History at ANU and is an Australian labour, political, and cultural historian. His books include The Eighties: The Decade That Transformed Australia; The People’s Party: Victorian Labor and the Radical Tradition 1875-1914; and The Sex Lives of Australians: A History. He was co-editor of Elections Matter: Ten Federal Elections that Shaped Australia.
Dr Andrew Hughes is a lecturer in marketing in the ANU Research School of Management, where he teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Pamela Kinnear is the principal of Kinnford Consulting. Her consultancy work is grounded in a successful 20-year career at senior leadership levels across government, non-government and research sectors, backed up by a strong academic background.
Our presenters for this episode – Bob Cotton and Martyn Pearce – also discuss the recent UN report on biodiversity loss, tackle some of your comments and suggestions for future pods, and tell you how you can win a very limited edition Policy Forum Pod mug!
Bob Cotton is a Visiting Fellow at Crawford School. He has a strong interest in public policy issues, including Australia’s engagement in the Asia Pacific Region. He is a mentor at the National Security College.
Martyn Pearce is a presenter for Policy Forum Pod and the Editor of Policy Forum.
Show Notes | The following were mentioned in this episode:
UN report warns about one million species going extinct
Crawford School of Public Policy
Make a suggestion on the Policy Forum Pod Facebook group
Gough Whitlam’s ‘It’s Time’ campaign
Timeline of William McMahon’s prime ministership
John Howard: “But we will decide who comes to this country…”
Labor election promise on childcare and pensioner dental
Julia Gillard’s first interview as PM with Kerry O’Brien (transcript)
Bill Shorten defends his mother
Franklin Dam and the Greens
Kevin Rudd: How we staved off recession and the GFC (Financial Review)
My Health Record information
Campaign Against the Australia Card
Labor election promise to increase childcare workers
Tony Abbott’s 2014 Budget emergency
National Commission of Audit
Former Treasurer Joe Hockey questioned over dancing
Joe Hockey pictured smoking cigar
History of Australian climate policy failures
Energy Minister Angus Taylor’s Facebook mishap
Former Environment Minister Peter Garrett, Pink Batts, failed home insulation program
Clive Palmer’s mobile app
Podcast: Putting community engagement in the neighbourhood of good policy
1980s economic reform under Labor government
Podcast: Nail Kabeer – the gender agenda
Get Up & Grow health campaign
Information on election funding (Australian Electoral Commission)
Franking credits reform
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