Tony Harrison (lobbyist)

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Tony Harrison is a communications consultant from Tasmania who has worked in journalism and public relations, marketing and government relations. He is a former political journalist and former press secretary to two Tasmanian Premiers. Tony Harrison was a former corporate affairs manager with the Australian Tourist Commission. He is a former Executive Chairman [1] of Tasmanian public relations, marketing and government relations consultancy, Corporate Communications [2] and was a majority shareholder of the business. Tony Harrison has been involved in providing high-level corporate advice and political lobbying services [3] to clients in Tasmania and Australia, as well as overseeing community consultation programs for the corporate sector and for government. He is the former National President of the Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA) and past President of the PRIA in Tasmania. He has won awards for public relations and marketing including a PRIA National Golden Target Gold Award in 2000 and 2003 for government communication. The consultancy has won a National Golden Target Gold award. Tony Harrison was also awarded a special Tasmania Day Award for his service to the public relations profession. Outside the business, Tony Harrison is a Director of Cricket Australia (the former ACB) and former Chairman of Cricket Tasmania, and a member of the Council of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). [4]


Harrison was on the PRIA Tasmanian Council for approximately 12 years and served as Vice President for two years followed by four years as Tasmanian President. He was involved in the organisation of two national conferences held in Tasmania and was chairman of a highly successful 1992 Hobart event. Tony Harrison was instrumental in establishing the Tasmanian Awards for Excellence in conjunction with two sister organisations, the Australian Marketing Institute and the Advertising Club of Tasmania and chaired the Awards committee for three terms. The Tasmanian awards became the benchmark for the establishment of similar State-based awards programs throughout Australia.

In 1996, he travelled to the United Kingdom to initiate talks with the Institute of Public Relations in London about reciprocal industry activities. In 1997 he visited Singapore and Malaysia as a representative of the PRIA to be a keynote speaker in consecutive industry professional development seminars. He was a keynote speaker at the 1993 PRIA national convention in Sydney, the 1996 Public Relations Institute of New Zealand (PRINZ) Convention in Rotorua, New Zealand and the 1997 joint PRIA/PRINZ convention in Auckland. He also chaired the 1997 Public Relations Industry Summit in Sydney.

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  2. Archived February 18, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  3. Archived March 2, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  4. "My council members". Retrieved 22 February 2015.