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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 […]
2 March, 2021

And the winner is…

A great challenge for a professional officer is to make writing as clear as possible. It’s not just a practical need; for government, it’s a duty to communicate effectively with the public. Today, we publish the result of research that […]
2 March, 2021

Blackwhite – March 2021

We know that we harp on about it, but … The former president of the United States is not a decent or trustworthy man. A sensible person would hear what he says or read what he writes and believe the […]
3 February, 2021

Blackwhite – February 2021

For this edition, we couldn’t quite decide which one of the following deserved the top spot for blackwhite!   1. Recently, Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China, delivered a passionate speech at the World Economic Forum. The […]
3 February, 2021

Policy, misinformation and damned lies

When it comes to COVID-19 the Australian Academy of Science said the willingness of individual Australians to follow public health directions, and of governments to listen to experts and allow science to guide policy has created a pandemic success story. […]
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