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Neil Pharaoh has spent most of his voluntary and professional life in and around social purpose organisations, government, public policy and advocacy.

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The federal election is almost here. What comes next?

Happenings on the hill

Neil Pharaoh, Monday, 9th May 2022 -  The federal election campaign is nearly done: early voting has started. Have you missed the boat for pre-election commitments? Neil Pharaoh and Rory Parker assess next steps for social sector organisations.

How does government debt affect social purpose organisations?

Happenings on the hill

Neil Pharaoh, Wednesday, 27th April 2022 -  Federal government debt is on track to hit $1 trillion in coming years. As election sparring heats up, both major parties claim they’re best to manage it. But how does debt affect the social purpose sector? Neil Pharaoh explains.

What are the three big success factors in government engagement?

Happenings on the hill

Neil Pharaoh, Monday, 11th April 2022 -  The election campaign has now officially commenced, many are considering what comes next for government engagement. As a long-term actor in this space, Neil Pharoah identifies the three attributes that help organisations achieve funding, policy or legislative goals.

What goes into preparing the federal budget?

Happenings on the hill

Neil Pharaoh, Tuesday, 29th March 2022 -  Tuesday sees the treasurer step up to present his 2022 budget, with the Opposition presenting a budget reply later in the week. Neil Pharaoh examines the process of getting to budget night.

Neutral? Bi-partisan? Impartial? Or just bland? – What are the rules for charities?

Happenings on the hill

Neil Pharaoh, Tuesday, 15th March 2022 -  As we get closer to the election, for many organisations it means working through their political “stance”. But what do we mean when we say neutral or bi-partisan, and is this really the best approach, asks Neil Pharaoh. 

How can I maximise opportunity from the federal election?

Happenings on the hill

Neil Pharaoh, Monday, 28th February 2022 -  Neil Pharaoh and Rory Parker share a checklist of things to tick off to make sure your organisation is maximising your government engagement opportunities.

I was in Canberra last week, and it was insane…

Happenings on the hill

Neil Pharaoh, Monday, 14th February 2022 -  Last week, Neil Pharaoh was in Canberra for a number of work meetings and stumbled across the “Convoy to Canberra” protests, which made for an interesting few days in the national capital. This week, he asks what impact all this will have on the election in 2022?

Lies, damned lies and electoral polling…

Happenings on the hill

Neil Pharaoh, Tuesday, 1st February 2022 -  With one of the first major opinion polls of the year showing a 56/44 two-party preferred in Labor’s favour, and a 11 per cent drop in satisfaction with the PM, what does this mean for you this election season, asks Neil Pharaoh.

A year ahead for government engagement

Happenings on the hill

Neil Pharaoh, Wednesday, 19th January 2022 -  Neil Pharaoh dives into the certainties, predictions and guesses for what will happen for government engagement in 2022. 

Wishing you a very government engagement Christmas…

Happenings on the hill

Neil Pharaoh, Monday, 6th December 2021 -  In this final Happenings on the Hill for 2021, Neil Pharaoh looks back on some of the great, and not so great, traits of organisations who excel (or don’t) in their government engagement. 

We need to build movements not create more barriers…

Happenings on the hill

Neil Pharaoh, Monday, 22nd November 2021 -  The old adage that you catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar is never more correct than in the era of growing “cancel” culture. Remember, movements are created with open arms, not closed views, writes Neil Pharaoh.

What a week in politics…

Happenings on the hill

Neil Pharaoh, Monday, 8th November 2021 -  An international bruising for Scotty from Marketing, Small Target affirmed from Albo, and The Greens and Palmer recycling old ambitions: the landscape for the next federal election is starting to be set, writes Neil Pharaoh.   
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