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Public Affairs central to success for foreign companies in Aus market

Well thought out public affairs strategies are key to succeeding in the Australian market.

Dec 12, 2018

Face Off in Buenos Aires: Can Trump and Xi reach a deal to avert a trade war?

There is growing optimism that a damaging US-China trade war will be averted when US President Donald Trump meets with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the Buenos Aires G20 meeting at the end of the month. Both commodity and share markets have been improving on recent news that a deal will be achieved. But how confident can we be of the outcome?

*By Alistair Nicholas

Nov 18, 2018


Perception of control excludes HK firm from lighting Australia

The $13 billion bid by Cheung Kong Infrastructure (CKI) for the APA Group's gas pipeline assets may have been scuppered for more reasons than meets the eye. But, could it be saved and what lessons can be learned for future Hong Kong and Chinese bids to invest in key infrastructure assets and projects in Australia.

*By Alistair Nicholas

Nov 08, 2018


Liberal Loss of Wentworth Raises Stakes for Business

To say the governing Liberal Party was trounced in the Wentworth byelection on Saturday does not adequately describe the defeat. The near-20 percent swing against the Liberal candidate represents a major byelection rout (note: counting in the seat continues and a final result may be days off).
By Alistair Nicholas

Oct 22, 2018


ASX tumble reinforces need for effective communication

The ASX's recent plunge signals the need for effective corporate communication strategies to help ease investor concerns in times of heightened market volatility.

By Taylee Lewis*

Oct 12, 2018


Cornerstone CEO Tells 2018 Macquarie Graduates to Leverage Their Advantages To Help Others

Speaking at the 2018 Graduation Ceremony of the Faculty of Business and Economics of Macquarie University in Sydney, Cornerstone's CEO Alistair Nicholas told the graduates they should leverage their advantages to help those less fortunate than themselves.

Sep 27, 2018


China's Business Culture Mirrors Political System

Cornerstone Group Australia's CEO, Alistair Nicholas, recently told The Australian newspaper that Chinese business leadership culture very much takes its lead from the country's political system.

Sep 20, 2018


Cornerstone Group Appoints International Public Affairs Veteran Alistair Nicholas as CEO

Cornerstone Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Alistair Nicholas as its Chief Executive Officer.

Jul 25, 2018


We were wrong to abandon GST reform: Peter Hendy

Former Liberal MP and economist Peter Hendy says he was wrong to have opposed increasing the GST and believes the government's abandonment of tax reform

Jun 06, 2018


Liberals want former deputy police commissioner in key inner west seat

The Liberal Party has asked the former NSW deputy police commissioner, Nick Kaldas, to run as a candidate in the marginal seat of Strathfield.

May 15, 2018


Cornerstone Welcomes The Hon Simon Crean As Co-Chair

As Cornerstone Group continues to expand I am delighted to announce the appointment of the Hon Simon Crean as Co-Chairman of the Advisory Board alongside the Hon Dr Peter Hendy.

Sep 11, 2017


Cornerstone Group Appoints The Hon Dr Peter Hendy As Co-Chairman

I am pleased to announce the appointment of the Hon Dr Peter Hendy as Co-Chairman of the Advisory Board alongside former federal Labor leader the Hon Simon Crean.

Sep 10, 2017


Dr Peter Hendy Joins Cornerstone Group

Cornerstone Group welcomes Dr Peter Hendy to our advisory board.

Jul 01, 2017


Tanners take - Budget 2017-18

The budget is a seismic shift in the governments thinking on economic policy.

May 10, 2017


The right choices to secure better days ahead

The second reading of the Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2017-18 by the Honourable Scott Morrison MP, Treasurer of the Commonwealth of Australia

May 09, 2017


Don't play Russian Roulette with your vote

As children we are warned by our parents of the dangers involved in playing Russian Roulette. It is a game of chance with winners surviving to tell their tales and losers well, we know what happens to them.

Feb 23, 2016


1st State congratulates Aspen Medical

1st State would like to congratulate Aspen Medical on receipt of the BRW and PwC Aspire Award for private businesses.

Dec 09, 2015


Joseph Tannous Invited to Moderate Leadership forum: Co-operatives and Mutual's

Earlier in November Joseph Tannous, 1st States Executive Director, was invited to moderate a Leaders Forum for the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals (BCCM) in Melbourne.

Nov 26, 2015


1st State Welcomes Susan Warren and Mark Egelstaff

1st State has welcomes two new staff to their team of senior consultants.

Nov 05, 2015


1st State joins Evolve Housing, Common Equity Housing Ltd Housing and Billbergia Group to tackle housing affordability

Housing affordability and the availability of affordable housing are two of the most pressing issues facing all levels of government today. With median house prices in Sydney rising by around $2000/week, housing options are fast becoming out of reach for many in the community ? especially some of our most vital workers, such as graduate nurses, police and fire fighters.

Nov 04, 2015


Zac Miles Elected President of ANFA

1st State Partner Zac Miles was last week elected the National President of the Australian National Flag Association (ANFA).

Sep 04, 2015


1st State Is Seeking Experienced Government Relations Professionals to Join our Team

1st State is looking for an experienced and motivated government relations practitioner to join our growing team.

Jan 29, 2015


Dr. John Tierney named "Ability First's" Top Fundraiser at Annual "Walk With Me" Charity Event

'Walk With Me' is an annual event conducted nationally through the eight member organisations of Ability First Australia (including 1st States pro-bono client Polio Australia).

Dec 19, 2014


Gary Humphries on The last 7.30ACT

Watch Gary Humphries' appearance on The last 7.30ACT.

Dec 05, 2014


Why light rail may be a political killer in Canberra

When it comes to grand visions, Capital Metro is right up there. The project is valued at close to $1 billion, representing about one-fifth of our annual expenditure as a territory.

Dec 05, 2014


Aspen Medical Awarded Ebola Contract

1st State would like to congratulate our client Aspen Medical on being awarded the federal government contract to staff a 100 bed British-built Ebola treatment centre in Sierra Leone, until mid-2015.

Nov 26, 2014