CBAA Webinars

WEBINAR: Community Broadcaster Political Engagement and the 2019 Federal Election - Wednesday 6 March 2019

Danny Chifley, 11th February 2019

6.30pm, AEDT on Wednesday 6 March 2019

Political engagement involves building a mutually beneficial relationship between your station and relevant elected representatives, including state and federal members of parliament, ministers, local councillors and mayors.

Done successfully, political engagement will strengthen the connection of your station to the communities you broadcast to. In the lead up to the 2019 Federal Election, get the tips and tools you need to successfully engage with your local candidates.

In this webinar participants will:
  • Get an overview of the importance of political engagement for your station and the community broadcasting sector
  • Understand what politicians want and how you can engage them at your station
  • Get specific tools and tips to help your political engagement in the lead up to the 2019 Federal Election
Presented by:
Holly Friedlander Liddicoat - CBAA Program Coordinator (Government Relations)

Holly has been working and volunteering in independent and community music and arts media since 2010. Working at the CBAA Program Coordinator, Holly supports the sector's leadership efforts and liaises with Government.


Dr Vanessa Findlay - Principal at Brickfielder Government Engagement (BGE)

Vanessa has worked with the CBAA for over three years. She is a highly experienced and well-respected professional within government, the public and private sectors. Before founding BGE, she was a director with a renowned government relations firm and before this a Ministerial Chief of Staff in the Turnbull Government in the trade, tourism and international education portfolios. She has a history of almost 20 years in the Australian Public Service including as Division Head in the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, looking after trade and market access. Vanessa has a PhD in immunology.


Lucas Pender - Associate at Brickfielder Government Engagement (BGE)

Lucas joined BGE as an Associate in 2017 after working with a prominent national government relations firm in Canberra. He directly supports BGE Principals with policy, political, legislative, legal and economic analysis and strategy development. He works closely with Vanessa and the CBAA on its government engagement strategy and policy development. He studied Political Science and Philosophy at the Australian National University and was awarded first class honours for his thesis year.

This webinar was held at 6:30pm (AEST) Wednesday, 6 March 2019

CBAA webinars are presented with support from the Community Media Training Organisation (CMTO). 

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