PR agencies boost Canberra presence ahead of poll

Leading public relations agencies are boosting their presence in Canberra after of the September Federal election.

Hill + Knowlton Strategies yesterday announced it will launch a Canberra office, with the appointment of former senior Liberal Party strategist to an executive role with the agency.


Simeon Duncan worked for leaders John Howard, Malcolm Turnbull and Tony Abbott and will represent the PR firm’s clients who deal with the government.

He will be the company’s strategy director in the public affairs department.

Meanwhile, Parker & Partners, the public affairs arm of Ogilvy Public Relations Australia has appointed Michael Hartmann in the newly created role of Director – Government Relations.

Hartmann will also be based in Canberra, his former roles include Deputy Director of the Cattle Council of Australia, CEO of Cooperative Research Centres Association, and Director of Communications at Universities Australia.

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