Archives: government relations

Queensland election 2017: What to expect

October 31, 2017 – By Alasdair Jeffrey, Executive Director

November 2017 is locked in as the date for the next Queensland election. Lock in 31 October 2020 as the date for the following election too, as the 2017 election will be the last time a sitting Premier has the ability to choose the poll date. Before we get started, let us quickly recognise the… Read More

Work experience wisdom from the intern desk

August 9, 2017 – By Bryn Moffatt, UQ student

We’re proud that work experience or an internship at Rowland is a sought-after gig. We love meeting some of the next gen of communicators, and giving them some real-life insights into the world of strategic communication. Bryn Moffatt, currently studying at UQ, shares his experience of his time at Rowland recently. My time doing work… Read More

It’s sliding doors for public transport in south-east Queensland

June 7, 2017 – By David Everton, Director, Government Relations

Sliding Doors is a 1998 British-American romantic drama film starring Gwyneth Paltrow and John Hannah. Alternating between two parallel universes, the plot is based on the two paths the central character’s life could take depending on whether or not she catches a train, and causing different outcomes in her life. Which brings us to the… Read More

When Debbie’s done? The challenge of regional rebuilding

March 30, 2017 – By David Everton, Director Government Relations

As harrowing and challenging as Cyclone Debbie has been for the communities of North Queensland, the collective response before, during and in the immediate aftermath cannot be faulted. Admittedly as I write, the post-Debbie deluge is still in full swing. But what is abundantly clear is that due to extreme weather variability, northern  Queensland is… Read More

Is it time for disruption in urban planning?

March 17, 2017 – By David Everton, Director, Government Relations

2017 is a big year for urban planning in Queensland. New Acts, Regulations, Policies and Provisions, Planning Schemes, and Regional Plans will all emerge this year. But how much will stay the same and how much will change? How different will all of these plans really be? Planning is happening all around us, but how… Read More

New Ministerial Arrangements

February 10, 2017

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has today announced new appointments brought about by the resignation of Stirling Hinchliffe from Cabinet.   Cabinet welcomes first-time Minister, Mark Furner, Member for Ferny Grove into the role of Minister for Local Government and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships.   The appointments are as follows: Jackie Trad (Member… Read More

Post-truth world has implications for the future of communication

January 20, 2017 – By Bruce Ruddy, Head of Financial Communication

We are living in a ‘post-truth’ era. In fact the word was declared ‘Word of 2016’ by Oxford Dictionaries. ‘Post-truth’ is defined as an adjective, describing circumstances where objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than emotional appeals. Last year’s political campaigns such as Brexit and the US election demonstrated the era we… Read More

Your A to Z of the Queensland Ministry

January 17, 2017 – By David Everton, Director, Government Relations

If your new year’s resolution was to memorise every current Minister in Queensland, we’re here to help. The Government and Public Affairs team at Rowland have prepared a list of all the current Ministers and their portfolios on a single page and it is available to download here. There have been no changes since last… Read More

Where to for SEQ?

October 28, 2016 – By David Everton

Summer is coming, along with the usual internal monologue: “Perhaps I shouldn’t have had that piece of cake, slice of pizza or second bottle of wine.” Ok, hopefully not the last one. When it comes time to shape ourselves up for summer and rock that beach body, aspirational thoughts help. Significant behavioural change and effort… Read More

Political Update: The state of politics in Queensland

October 25, 2016

What does the current political state of Queensland mean for your business? Attend our FREE seminar with Rowland’s Strategic Advisor Hon. John Mickel and learn what the next 12 months holds for Queensland politics. Numbers are limited to 15 guests per session so please book at your earliest convenience. Click here to book your place… Read More