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Battlelines

Effective campaign and political communications is not about unity. It’s about division. This is something Tony Abbott knew very well. It’s something that Scott Morrison knows very well. Choosing your dividing lines, your battlelines, is the art of winning. The military has a lot to say about picking battle-lines — whole books of strategy. (As …

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Member retention is a long road

Member recruitment or retention: what’s more important?

Without recruiting members, you don’t have a union. Without retaining existing members, you don’t have a union for very long. Here’s the challenge: signing up new members is easier to understand and to act upon. It’s easy for the union leadership (and in fact, anyone) to see the direct link between organisers visiting a workplace, …

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Dalfram Dispute 1938

Dalfram Dispute (Manning Clark House)

The following are speaking notes for my speech at the Manning Clark House showing of the documentary “Dalfram Dispute 1938: Pig Iron Bob” (directed by Sandra Pires and the Why Documentaries Team in 2015). Thank you for the invitation today. Firstly, let me acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet, and …

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Future of Work (ALERA Conference)

This blog post is 2 years old. Please, when reading this, be mindful of its age.The following are the speaking notes for a speech given at the Australian Labour and Employment Relations Association conference in Canberra in March 2018. Thank you for the invitation today. Firstly, let me acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which …

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