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Who pays the piper? Rules for lobbying governments in Australia, Canada, UK and USA

1 Aug 2014
Description

This publication surveys lobbying codes of conduct and registers introduced by Australian federal and state governments and some overseas governments.

Executive summary

This publication surveys lobbying codes of conduct and registers introduced by Australian federal and state governments and some overseas governments. Although lobbying is a legitimate practice and part of the democratic process, the 2014 hearings conducted by the New South Wales (NSW) Independent Commission Against Corruption have exposed weaknesses in lobbying rules. Initially Australian governments introduced very similar minimalist codes and registers. Two states, NSW and Queensland, have recently introduced stronger regimes but Australian codes are, in general, far weaker than the strong statutory regimes operating in Canada and the United States.

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2014
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