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February 11, 2014
PR Society Turmoil Down Under
 
We don't know whether there are any fraternal relationships between the Australian public relations society and those in the U.S. But, from this dispatch on mUmBRELLA, there's little that looks fraternal about the current professional PR scene Down Under. Mike Watson is the Australian society's new, embattled president.

Commenting on the mass resignation of Australian society board members, Watson says, "It is no big deal for us to find ourselves in this situation. As for why some of those board members have resigned I don't know, but I'm amused by it. Apart from one or two I've spoken with, the rest of them appear to have resigned without reason. This is quite a normal process with change in organizations and there are processes in place."

Yet Watson concedes that "There has rarely been an election with more than one candidate and so we've not had this situation before," Plucky, we'd say.   



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Doug Bedell has a background in journalism and PR and is the owner of Resource Relations LLC in Central PA, focusing on organizational and crisis communication. He’s the community manager of SimplyFair.net, a social network on fairness. On the Web, Doug’s at www.ResourceRelations.com. On Twitter, he’s @DougBeetle.
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