Oct
01

MCG welcomes Nick

Nick Stevens '24'

We are delighted to have witnessed Ballarat colleague Joanna Stevens’ 17 year old son Nick make his MCG debut on Grand Final day.

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Sep
05

Whistleblowing, journalism and democracy

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Australia’s approach to whistleblowing is at odds with other western democracies.

This important piece from The Guardian is a stern assessment that all of us dealing with government must keep in mind.

Australian officials and politicians have a low tolerance of public scrutiny. That makes it harder to know what is really going on and how to influence policy and process decisions.

This may be good for consultancies like Clifton which have the ability and access to gain a better understanding but doesn’t help government credibility! 

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Sep
05

Swimming Australia CEO in train-wreck TV interview

Swimming Australia CEO in train-wreck TV interview

The West Australian newspaper recently sought advice on crisis management from our senior consultant Ken Davis on Swimming Australia's handling of the recent drug scandal. Clifton Group provides risk management advice and training to clients.  Please contact us for more information on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Sep
05

Cyber attacks and reputational damage

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Last year across the world 4.85 billion pieces of data were accessed through 758 million cyber attacks.

Sony, Adobe, Target and Marriott hotels also suffered reputational damage because of attacks and had to invest several millions of dollars into communications campaigns to revive just some of that good will.

In Australia many in the non profit or local government sectors have looked to consultancies like Clifton for assistance.

This article sponsored by KPMG is timely for any organisation concerned about the affects of cyber attack on its well being.

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Sep
05

Some say it could bring down a government, but you have probably never heard of this lobby group

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It's been called the most influential lobby group in Australia, and some believe it has the power to bring down a government if it really flexed its muscle.

It has nothing to do with miners, banks, the gambling industry or the church — in fact, there's a good chance you've never heard of it before.

The Pharmacy Guild represents pharmacist-owners, so businesses in every community (and every electorate).

And it's very good at getting what it wants.

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Sep
05

An age-old truth!

An age-old truth!
... and remember, ask first, tell later!
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Jul
23

Anti-corruption training

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jul
18

How not to do community consultation

The City of Port Phillip, the blog’s local council, is yet again trying to establish new benchmarks in world’s worst practice community consultation.

This time it is a variation on one of its previous efforts – consultation over its budget. The last time the Council tried such a consultation it announced it with a multi-coloured leaflet letterboxed to all properties. Sadly it so closely resembled junk mail that many, including the blog, put it out in the recycling bin.

 

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Jun
13

No Boeing. An "abundance of caution" is not good enough

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In the wake of a major disaster, words matter. And for Boeing to say it grounded the troubled 737 Max8 aircraft in “an abundance of caution” was a particularly unhelpful choice of words.

Within just five months, two of the new aircraft crashed minutes after take-off – in Indonesia and Ethiopia – killing a total of 346 passengers and crew.



Four days after the second crash – when more than 40 countries around the world had already banned the aircraft and Boeing shares lost a reported $35 billion in value – US authorities finally decided to ground the Max8 and Max9 models. Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg said the company supported this step “out of an abundance of caution.”



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May
31

Fiona Patten MLC

Fiona Patten MLC & Clifton Group luncheon Fiona Patten MLC & Clifton Group luncheon

As a key part of our activities, Clifton holds events from time to time with key opinion leaders with a view to helping expand participants’ knowledge and contacts.

In our work in government relations, we know how important it is to understand the dynamics of politics especially with independents and small parties playing a more important role.

Clifton hosted Reason Party Leader Fiona Patten at a small private luncheon recently where she talked to some of our clients and friends about her agenda for the coming term.

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