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6 July, 2021

The heartbreak of a weeping turtle

Since the start of June, Ethos CRS has been delivering a program of writing workshops for the Fijian Ministry of Civil Service. The program covers report and brief writing; speechwriting; writing project plans and proposals; and writing business processes. In […]
6 July, 2021

Thanking George Orwell

Chas Savage recently spoke at a meeting of the Public Relations Institute of Australia. His topic was George Orwell, the readability of documents produced by Australian Government agencies and why readability and clarity are still important – and not solely […]
6 July, 2021

Blackwhite and yellow – July 2021

Mr Clive Palmer is a wealthy miner who was previously elected to the Australian Parliament as a member of the House of Representatives. He also promotes anti-vaxxer propaganda, the latest of which is below. We have reprinted below the words […]
1 June, 2021

Examining a race to war

We are very pleased to publicise the work of one of our colleagues. Dr Judith Betts who delivered writing and policy workshops for Ethos CRS has run a very critical eye over how governments march to war. In The Iraq […]
1 June, 2021

Blackwhite – June 2021

What is said in public life is not always a lie, where black is presented as white. Sometimes, the truth is told, clearly and concisely. Other times, nothing much is said at all. Speaking to the ABC on 18 May […]
1 June, 2021

The tricky balance: deregulation and regulation

Red tape as an issue is again firmly in the eye of the Australian Government, which wishes to save an estimated $430 million per year by deregulating industry and the economy. The thinking is that deregulation will jump start the […]
4 May, 2021

Blackwhite – May 2021

The Guardian reported in April 2021 that Neighbours, the most whitebread program in the history of television, was a home for racial slurs and abuse. According to The Guardian, actor Shareena Clanton was abused in a toxic environment. “There was […]
4 May, 2021

What do I do if I disagree?

Last month, I was working with a group of graduates from a public service agency. They were smart, keen, determined to do well. The program and discussion was about policy and policy documents, when all of a sudden, out from […]
4 May, 2021

China through an Australian lens

These days, the behaviour of China consumes government thinking. Senior facilitator, Kate Wall, was the ABC’s correspondent in Beijing in the early 1990s, soon after the crackdown on anti-government protests in Tiananmen Square. She’s now contributed to The Beijing Bureau: […]
6 April, 2021

ABC interview with Chas Savage

Recently, our Chief Executive Officer Chas Savage was interviewed by Georgia Stynes, host of ABC Canberra Afternoons. The topic was The 2021 Readability Scorecard: Australian Government agencies. GS: The major challenge in public service writing is to be authoritative on […]
6 April, 2021

Blackwhite – April 2021

We all thought that the world was coming back. And then this … The former president of the United States released this statement on Good Friday. Why is it that every time the 2020 ELECTION FRAUD is discussed, the Fake […]
6 April, 2021

To regulate or not to regulate …

Two incidents from last month illustrate how complicated government regulation can be. The first was an Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) report on the comments made by NT Cattlemen’s Association’s outgoing president, Mr. Christ Nott. In what was a grim warning […]
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