Category Archives: Politics

Politics is phun.

Ministerial advice, lobbying and industry ethics sullied in food ratings fiasco

              When almost two years of planning goes into a joint food health initiative and the corresponding public information website gets ORDERED off air ON THE SAME DAY IT GOES LIVE one might expect … Continue reading

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Australia’s 2013 PR Disasters Announced

The Essendon footy club has grabbed the flag at the annual list of PR blunders and gaffes awarded here at PRdisasters.com. After analyzing media monitoring data on sustained and damaging mentions across press, radio, TV and internet sources, the Bombers … Continue reading

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PR disaster as tweet exacerbates international diplomacy ructions

Revelations that Australian intelligence sources may have been bugging SBY and wife’s personal phones, the indignant reactions from the ‘phone tapee’s’, the bungling “all governments gather information” interview by Mr Abbott with the ABC’s dogged Leigh Sales and, most recently, … Continue reading

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New Army PR disaster – UK-style

When is a Nazi salute not a Nazi salute? Apparently when it’s a ‘Red Hand of Ulster’ salute. While the Aussie army has marched from one PR disaster to another relating to service personnel’s abuse of personal photos, video posted … Continue reading

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Political heavyweights; Geoff Shaw v John Prescott

Everyone’s got a breaking point; even PR-aware politicians. In light of Frankston MP Geoff Shaw getting ‘involved’ with agitators in Melbourne, my mind went back to when Brit MP John Prescott jabbed a protestor who’d egg-assaulted him. . So, who … Continue reading

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Under 1 month for Coalition to experience first real taste of a PR disaster

Wedding in India, study trip to Malaysia, cycling jaunt to Tour de France (A Labor one) – the reasonable voice of Liberal politics in Australia, Malcolm Turnbull, warns his buddies that a PR disaster this early into their tenure is … Continue reading

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Political PR disasters with young candidates interview gaffes

The Aussie political race is sometimes a one-legged one; especially when candidates shoot themselves in the foot by agreeing to TV interviews, yet not knowing at all how to handle even gentle journalistic probing. Today, media performance skills are more … Continue reading

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Shame no PR disaster for Alan Jones over Gillard attack

As an aggressive social media campaign compels advertisers to withdraw their support of the Alan Jones’ radio show, I read a neat precis by Troy Dodds of WA who summarises the issues neatly. And for me, it’s not a PR … Continue reading

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