My Two Cents: Can Tony Abbott improve his image mid-term?

The (Abbott) government’s narrative is that they haven’t been able to do anything… There’s a negative story attached to the government. They must somehow shift the momentum. The mould will be set if they don’t do something soon and they will have a really, really hard time — and most likely will lose the next election.”

Source: ‘Tony Abbott’s knightmare could be fatal if his government fails to change tack

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You Spin or You Die: A Public Relations interpretation of Game of Thrones

I watch Game of Thrones.
I’ve re-watched it a few times, and I’ve developed a couple of different understandings of it — through Public Relations and International Relations perspectives; cultural phenomena such as popular TV shows can do more than just depict theoretical scenarios, they are highly complex and can be understood, or ‘read’ in many ways.

Here is my understanding of Game of Thrones, Seasons 1-4, from a Public Relations perspective.

*******PROBABLY CONTAINS SOME KIND OF SPOILERS*******

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Politics in Kicks meets Dr. Alexey Muraviev

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Pictured: Your fair author and Dr. Alexey Muraviev


When:
 6.30pm, March 25th
Where: St. Catherine’s College, UWA
Who: Dr. Alexey Muraviev, Head of Social Science and International Studies at Curtin University
What: Speaking at the Australian Institute of International Affairs WA Branch Meeting on:

“UKRAINIAN FRONT 2.0:

RUSSIA’S STRATEGIC INTENT, GEO-STRATEGIC CONSEQUENCES

& IMPLICATIONS FOR AUSTRALIA”

***Note: This Meeting was held under Chatham House Rule. ***
** Read about this rule HERE **


It took me less than 5 minutes into Alexey’s talk for me to realise how ill-focused the media reporting has been on the “Crimea Crisis”.
Our understanding has been distorted.

This is what I learned…..

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Politics in Kicks meets Director General of ASIO, David Irvine


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Pictured: Your Fair Author and Director General of ASIO, David Irvine

When: 6pm, March 4th
Where: St George’s College, UWA
Who: Director General of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation [ASIO], David Irvine
What: Speaking on “Intelligence and National Security in the Democratic State”

**NB: This special event, hosted by the Australian Institute of International Affairs WA was held under Chatham House Rule**

**I took extensive notes throughout his talk, this blog entry is based on them.**

I didn’t know much about ASIO, ASIS, or Secret Services until I attended this talk and had the privilege of meeting David afterwards.

This is what I learned…..

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February In Review: Why voting smarter will help us trust the Government

[In] Australia increased trust in the institution of government is up 13 percentage points to 56 per cent.

However, three in five Australians (60 per cent) do not trust government leaders to tell the truth regardless of how complex or unpopular it is.

And two in five Australians (40 per cent) do not trust government leaders to make ethical and moral decisions.

Source: Business Insider 

February was a really interesting month — Schapelle released, Ukraine in turmoil, Protests at the Winter Olympics, The USA dodging another fiscal default, Aussie troops coming home from Afghanistan, The violent death of an asylum seeker at Manus Island and GWAR’s decapitation of a Tony Abbott effigy at Soundwave.

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Quick Questionnaire: Why were Gen Y so disengaged form this election?

I’ve decided to do a little bit of research for my next entry, and I have been shooting this Questionnaire around, feel free to fill it out, send it to friends etc. The more the merrier!

Email it back to : politicsinflykicks@hotmail.com

I am really really interested in what people have to say, absolutely anything. So feel free also to email me your thoughts as well!

QUICK QUESTIONNAIRE

“Why do you think Gen Y were so disengaged from this election?”

Keep it short and sweet!
Answer the Questions which apply to you
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First Name:

Occupation/ Age:

Any formal/personal political affiliations? [I.e. Member of ALP, Liberal Party, Young Liberals etc]

 

What was your role in the recent Election? [I.e. Voter/Campaigner/ AEC Work]

 

Did you observe much media coverage [online, print, radio, TV etc] about the election? Discuss your observations:

 

In your role at the bygone election, what were some common attitudes you noticed? Specific issues mentioned?

 

If you worked for an MP/Political Party, did they undertake any specific means to target Gen Y? [18-24 y.os], were they considered a target group at all?

 

 

Why do you think Gen Y were disengaged from this election campaign/politics in general?

 

 

Describe your social media experience/observations in the lead up and after the election? What are people talking about?

 

 

What are your thoughts on this statistic: Only 5% [25 000] of 500 000 18 -24 yo.s registered to vote at this election, the AEC’s Campaign was deemed a failure, what do you think can be done to engage Gen Y better?

 

 

 

People vote for a party leader, not for a local member: TRUE/FALSE

 

Do you agree or disagree with the possibility of the voting age being raised to 21 again, so young people can make a more informed vote?

 

If there was a Gen Y-written blog on Politics, International issues and current affairs that you could connect with on Twitter, through Facebook and by email, would you read it and interact with it? [I.e. suggest issues to be written about to the author] and recommend it to your friends? Yes/No

Look forward to getting some responses!

– PIK

Harry Potter-tics: The Power of Personality

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A distraction from the abhorrent politics of personality happening in #auspol at the moment.

This is one for the Pottermores.

Interning at an Image Consultancy, I have learned a lot about psychology and image. Far and away the most interesting piece of knowledge I have acquired is about personality; naturally I linked it to one of the distinguishing books of my childhood!

Politics is all about personality, right?
Let’s look into personality a bit more…..

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