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Welcome to the third edition of the official publication of Wells Haslem Strategic Public Affairs.

It has been a very busy six months since the last edition of The Shell, a period that saw a change in government in Canberra and a number of new clients come on board.

The most exciting development for us has been the expansion of our team, with recent graduate, Isabelle Walker, joining us as an Account Executive. Isabelle studied Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney. Isabelle undertook a summer internship with the company and we were so impressed we offered her a permanent position. Her interest in politics and the media (her father Dr Ross Walker can be heard on Sydney radio station 2UE each Sunday night from six to eight) makes Isabelle and Wells Haslem a natural fit. Isabelle, who writes about the life of a recently-graduated Gen-Y’er, joins the Wells Haslem team of John Wells, Benjamin Haslem, Alexandra Mayhew, Kerry Sibraa AO, Julie Sibraa, Trevor Cook and Michael Baume. 

This issue’s cover story focuses on one of our new clients, Habitat for Humanity Australia, which we are working for on a part pro-bono basis. Alexandra Mayhew writes about our work helping Habitat for Humanity promote its program of activities both in Australia and Asia to reduce housing poverty and as a voice advocating people’s rights to shelter.

Our Melbourne affiliate, Rob Masters, looks at the turbulent world of Victorian state politics where voters head to the polls in November. Rob writes that Premier Denis Napthine faces the toughest year in his 25-year parliamentary career.

Our Chairman John Wells recently joined the board of the Black Dog Institute: read how the institute is dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by mood disorders through its high quality research, clinical expertise and national education programs.  

We like to include the latest trends and developments in the world of communications in each issue. We write about the increasing use of crowdsourcing by media outlets, which faced with ever shrinking margins, are tapping into social media channels to secure crucial information when producing articles.

We provide a brief overview of the fantastic work of the Rapid Relief Team (RRT), which has been working throughout the current Australian summer feeding thousands of volunteer firefighters across the country. The RRT was established by our client, the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church, and brings under one banner a range of charitable deeds the church has carried out during and following natural disasters in recent years. 

The Wells Haslem team enters 2014 full of energy and enthusiasm.

We are not just another PR company. What we try to do is quickly add value to our clients’ projects. This is something we have always been renowned for. At the centre of our firm is the desire to help clients communicate better and to resolve issues affecting how they communicate.

Our work covers all key disciplines of communication: strategy development, issues management, government relations, media relations, crisis management, digital media and FMCG promotion.

If you think we can help you, or you want to know more about our services, please ring John, Alexandra, Isabelle or me on +61 (0)2 9033 8667, or visit our website wellshaslem.com.au.

Benjamin Haslem
CEO