Australia 2020 Summit: Where are the bloggers?

Maybe bloggers have too much to say?

HeraldSun.com.au has made a big deal about the ad hoc invitations that traditional media are receiving directly from Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s lips:

Kevin Rudd locks more media outlets in behind his summit:

The Sunday Age is offering one reader to take a brilliant idea to the Prime Minister 2020 summit…

ONE lucky Daily Telegraph reader has the chance to gather among the nation’s “best and brightest” for Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s 2020 Summit.

WHEN 1000 of the nation’s “best and brightest” gather for Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s 2020 Summit, one lucky Herald Sun reader will be among them.

Add those to this:

First Rudd asks Kerry O’Brien, host of the ABC’s 7.30 Report, live to air: “Do you want to come along? You can participate or you can cover it.”

And this:

Now [3AW’s Neil] Mitchell gets rung by Rudd’s office to send a listener.

This summit is being stacked – and simply to made Rudd look good and to stifle criticism. And this stacking of the 1000 “best and brightest” summiteers is at the very least a breach of a promise the usually vigilant media is overlooking:

Rudd denies this, claiming … his 1000 new advisers will all be chosen by ”a panel of 10 experts (who will) have the job, arms’ length from government”.


Rudd lays another brick in the corporate state:

UNIONS will be given a formal role in Federal Government policy development with plans to revive a body that would see Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and his top ministers meet regularly with senior union officials. ACTU secretary Jeff Lawrence said talks were under way on reviving the Australian Labor Advisory Council, which has been dormant for years but had played an important role in previous Labor administrations.


Reader Steve points out the Rudd last week also invited the ABC’s Jon Faine to come to the summit.

Remember the YouTube Australia fiasco? We were invited, (WE MEDIA) but put up in the rafters, where nothing could be seen. Traditional media were given the plush seats at the front. However traditional media wrote nothing – not a skerrick- on the Australia YouTube launch, whilst the bloggers wrote plenty. Mostly about how crap the view was, I guess.

Which top Australian bloggers – not media journos, and not PR/Marketing types – have been invited to participate? Anyone know?

Don’t forget to nominate (must be registered) or vote (don’t have to register) on Bloggerati.com.au for your fave nominee. Your country needs you. Or, at least, the blogosphere does. Heh.

Laurel Papworth

Named by Forbes™ Magazine in the Top 50 Social Media Influencers globally, named Head of Industry, Social Media (Marketing Magazine™) and in the Power150 Media bloggers (AdAge™). CERT IV Training and Assessment certified trainer (Diplomas and Certificates etc) Adult Education. Laurel has manager Facebook Pages for Junior Masterchef, Idol, Big Brother etc. and have consulted on private online communities for banks Westpac, not for profits UNHCR & governments in SE Asia. Lecturer, social media, University of Sydney for 10 years and Laurel has 11,000 online students. Laurel Papworth personally connects to 6 million followers online and has taught around 100,000 people in the last 10 years how to be social media managers.

3 thoughts on “Australia 2020 Summit: Where are the bloggers?

  1. Well why wait to be invited Laurel? Go out there and crash the party. I mean, you’re always going on and on about social media, citizen media and all that. So go!!

  2. I think it is all too late. Registrations closed at the end of Feb. See http://www.australia2020.gov.au/nominations/index.cfm

  3. @gavin aye correct.

    I was more interested in why Rudd would invite journalists who usually have no specific skill but rewording other peoples content, compared to bloggers – some of whom – create original content from indepth knowledge and passion.

    @anonymous I’ll gatecrash if YOU tackle the guards in uniform with guns. Second thoughts – if they are cute, let ME tackle ’em 😛

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