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7th Annual Government Relations Summit 2013

14th November
The National Press Club, Canberra

Keynote speakers include:

Senator Nick Xenophon

Mitchell H Hooke, CEO, Minerals Council of Australia

Conference theme: Australia: Under New Management and Open for Business


Opening remarks from the Chair: Nick Campbell, Executive Chairman, Capital Hill (CONFIRMED)

8.30 – 9.10

Opening Keynote address: What is the litmus test of good government?

Senator Nick Xenophon (CONFIRMED)

9.15 – 10.15 

The first 100 days: working with Prime Minister Abbott and the national agenda

  • Understanding the Government’s approach to policy development
  • Working with The Ministerial Advisory Councils
  • Ensure your objective is on the national agenda

David Alexander, Managing Director, Barton Deakin (CONFIRMED)
Hamish Arthur, Managing Director, Kreab Gavin Anderson (CONFIRMED)

10.15 – 10.45

Morning tea/coffee break

10.50 – 11.30

Stories from the Front Line: Case studies in effective Government relations:

Putting The Pharmacy Guild of Australia on the national agenda
Creating a meaningful debate on the NBN
Evidenced based research for animal welfare

Understanding how and why Government relations engagement can move from an under the radar scenario, into the media and onto the national agenda

Greg Turnbull, Director, Communications, The Pharmacy Guild of Australia (CONFIRMED)
Bidda Jones, Chief Scientist, RSPCA Australia (CONFIRMED)

11.30 – 12.20

The Long View: Understanding Political Capital

In this session, Minerals Council of Australia CEO, Mitch Hooke, offers his experiences and insights from over a decade of Federal and State Government political engagement. Mitch’s time at the MCA spans four Prime Ministers and the highest profile campaign in recent political history.

Mitchell H Hooke, CEO, Minerals Council of Australia (CONFIRMED)

12.20 – 1.20


1.20 – 2.00

What are the issues from 100+ days to 3 years

  • Stable Government: does no surprises = no reforms? Understanding the new reality in Canberra
  • Creating a platform for a second term: how will Abbott use his first term to lay the groundwork for a second term, and what are the likely “battleground” issues?
Mark Textor, Managing Director & Co-Founder, Crosby Textor (CONFIRMED)

2.00 – 2.40

Working with Independents/micro-parties in The Senate and Labor in Opposition

  • The Greens hold the balance of power in the Senate until mid 2014, after which the balance of power will be held by the Greens, Nick Xenophon, Clive Palmer's PUP as well as a number of other parties: can you use this as leverage for your organisation’s agenda?
  • Labor in Opposition: what approach should you consider? 

 Simon Banks, Director, Hawker Britton (CONFIRMED)
Brian Tyson, Partner, Newgate Communications (CONFIRMED)

2.40 – 3.30

An insider’s perspective: personalities matter

Speaking at the 2009 and 2010 Government Relations Summits, Phil Coorey correctly predicted the departure, and subsequent return, of Kevin Rudd. We’ve invited Phil back to hear what he has to say about Prime Minister Tony Abbott, the LNP Government and the politicians who drive the legislative agenda. Personalities do matter, and are we in for any surprises? 

Phillip Coorey, Chief Political Correspondent, Australian Financial Review (CONFIRMED)

3.30 – 4.15

Senate Inquiries and Strategic Government Relations

Senate inquiries create huge challenges and yet can also offer huge opportunities for all Government relations practitioners. Senate inquiries can mean your issues on the national political agenda. Could this be your biggest opportunity for 2014?

Key factors behind successful Government Relations activity for Senate Inquiries, including

  • Understanding the need for clarity, consistency and unity; Advocacy strategy maps and Scenario Planning; Negotiation and Presentation planning

Nick Campbell, Executive Chair, Capital Hill (CONFIRMED)   


Networking & Close of conference

This event comprises:

1 day conference: Thursday 14th November


Optional half day workshop: Friday (morning) 15th November, Canberra
There is a choice of 5 half day workshops. Each workshop is limited to 10 people; workshops to be held at various venues in Canberra on the Friday. Workshop are:

Workshop options: Friday 15th November




Nick Campbell

Capitol Hill, Canberra Office


Grahame Morris

Barton Deakin, Canberra Office


Simon Banks

Hawker Britton, Canberra office


David Alexander

Barton Deakin, Canberra Office


Justin Di Lollo

Barton Deakin, Canberra Office



Register before 30th June for our special end-of-financial year offer

1 day conference: Early bird $550 (+gst) before 31st October
[Standard price $650 (+gst) from 1st Nov] Click here to register

Half day workshop: Early bird $350 (+gst) before 31st October
[Standard price $450 (+gst) from 1st Nov] Click here to register

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