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Noel Turnbull

About Noel Turnbull

Noel Turnbull is a blogger who has had a 40-year-plus career in public relations, politics, journalism and academia.

NOEL TURNBULL. The origins of Anzackery

In the late 1950s and early 1960s Anzac Day was in decline – a malaise exemplified by Alan Seymour’s play “The One Day of the Year”, the origins of Anzackery.

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NOEL TURNBULL. New insights into US attitudes to COVID-19

The phrase ‘only in America’ is one which is deep in possible meanings. In particular it lays itself open to the deconstruction demonstrated in the old Jewish joke about Stalin and Trotsky.

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NOEL TURNBULL.What a difference a change of government makes – to the Murdoch media

It is frequently asserted that if you change the government you change the country. But perhaps the assertion that if you change the government you also change the way the media – particularly the Murdoch media – reports on a … Continue reading

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NOEL TURNBULL. Australians aren’t like that are they?

As consumers fight over toilet rolls and marauding bus-loads of city dwellers pillage local country stores of products,  the PM says we will get through it all because we are Australians. This is probably a good time to ask the … Continue reading

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NOEL TURNBULL. Compulsive leadership posturing

The PM seems not to understand, leaders don’t have to demonstrate they are leaders – they just are. True leadership doesn’t have a particular style or descriptor. It just is.

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NOEL TURNBULL. Mercenaries throughout history and film

The recent death of the 102 year old Michael ‘Mad Mike’ Hoare reminds us of when the last of the mercenaries who fought in the world’s wars were replaced by mega-mercenary companies to which the United States and others have … Continue reading

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NOEL TURNBULL. Credulity, stupidity and two types of infection

As the coronavirus infection spreads it is hard not to think that it might be a good idea for one of the recently infected, Peter Dutton, to be isolated on either Christmas or Manus Islands rather than one of the … Continue reading

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NOEL TURNBULL. Grand Prix’s grand claims

There may well be a benign side to the Australian Grand Prix’s consistent overstatement of how many people attend the event – the potential number of coronavirus infections will be correspondingly reduced by the multiple by which the Grand Prix … Continue reading

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NOEL TURNBULL. The foundational U.S. myth

All societies survive on myths – whether fraudulent, foundational or both – but one of the most widely of those celebrated among Western world nations (other than Christmas and which encompasses both) is the US Thanksgiving holiday.

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NOEL TURNBULL. COVID-19 communication in a pandemic

Most governments are hopeless at communicating risks – except for the imaginary ones they conjure up to attack their opponents.

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NOEL TURNBULL. Who is the world’s outstanding journalist?

Who is the world’s outstanding journalist? It’s a question which seems particularly important given the current status of journalism; the rise of fake news online; and, the need for journalists to be constantly posting to get their employers’ online media … Continue reading

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NOEL TURNBULL. The real ScoMo: A cross between Rasputin and Crocodile Dundee

Up until recently Morrison has managed one bit of very successful marketing – himself. But now the real ScoMo – the one seen in his career before politics – is becoming more apparent.

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NOEL TURNBULL. Why not Huawei Jose?

Australia has, as usual, meekly followed suit to ban Huawei from a potential 5G network at the behest of the United States.

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NOEL TURNBULL. Didn’t that go well?

Scottie from marketing called in Russel from marketing for help. And didn’t that go well?

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NOEL TURNBULL. Hope despite climate change denialists indefatigability

There is no doubt about climate change denialists – they keep shifting shape and keep manoeuvring to cast doubt on scientific reality – irrespective of whatever events make their arguments look ridiculous.

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NOEL TURNBULL. Morisson has rent seekers salivating.

Australia’s pre-eminent rent seekers must be salivating at the thought that the PM might ‘evolve’ its policy on climate change and will be counting up the billions they may reap from his likely emissions ‘reductions’ schemes.

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NOEL TURNBULL. – This is how you do it to appear genuine.

While Scott Morrison was saying it was fortunate no-one had died on Kangaroo Island and forcing people to shake his hand another PM quietly, and without seeking publicity, showed him how he should be behaving.

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NOEL TURNBULL. The Morrison Government tries to get empathetic

The Morrison Government’s is trying a new ploy – one which is beyond even the wildest satirical imagination. It has hired an empathy consultant.

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NOEL TURNBULL. It’s not the marketing – it’s the marketer

Scott Morrison has failed a fundamental marketing test-communicating authenticity.

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NOEL TURNBULL. Innovation and inequality – not as simple as the tech titans make out

If you were told that an Australian politician had published a new book, backed by a solid evidence base, with a highly original take on a major problem the normal response would be to wonder if Barry Jones had a … Continue reading

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NOEL TURNBULL. Australian right wing religious fury over The Economist

The Australian right wing seem to be embarking on another cultural crusade – this time against what is probably the best weekly news magazine (which the editors insist on calling a newspaper) in the world, The Economist.

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NOEL TURNBULL. The wrong way to make political – or any – decisions

The Morrison Government’s decision-making is about to get worse – if that’s possible – as Cabinet submissions are apparently to be replaced by PowerPoint presentations. Presumably the full Cabinet submissions will be available and a few Ministers may read them … Continue reading

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NOEL TURNBULL. The Earth gets its day in court

Last month the Earth got its first day in court in cases against ExxonMobil lodged in New York and Massachusetts in which it was alleged, among other things, that the company misled the public about its product.

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NOEL TURNBULL. The political limbo rock – how low can you go?

One of the best ways to determine how history will judge a politician is not to tot up what they achieved but to try to evaluate the depths they sometimes sank to as they pursued their careers.  

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NOEL TURNBULL. The political limbo rock – how low can you go

One of the best ways to determine how history will judge a politician is not to tot up what they achieved but to try to evaluate the depths they sometimes sank to as they pursued their careers.

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NOEL TURNBULL. The productiivity paradox solution – it’s business wot dunnit

In the age of secular stagnation – although the age’s dawn has not yet dawned on the Australian government – one of the central economic questions is: what has caused productivity growth to decline? As far back as 1987, Robert … Continue reading

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NOEL TURNBULL. Halloween hex for Trump

While it will probably solidify Trump support in the minds of some Christians – for instance the US versions of Australia’s Sydney Anglican Archbishop and Southern snake handlers – a campaign is being conducted by Michael M. Hughes to ‘bind’ … Continue reading

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NOEL TURNBULL. Blunders of our governments

What would you include in a list of Australian government blunders if you were preparing a book like Anthony King and Ivor Crewe’s 2013 book Blunders of our Governments ? King and Crewe looked at British governments both Tory and … Continue reading

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NOEL TURNBULL. The Kurds. Yearning for a new Saladin

Over centuries – when faced with adversity, invasions and threats – much of the Arab world has often yearned for a new Saladin.

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NOEL TURNBULL. Something big – but very different – is happening in Texas

In the 43 years since the last Democrat Presidential candidate, Jimmy Carter, won Texas there has been increasing speculation that it could happen again.

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