Discussion paper proposes putting more professionals on lobby register

29 Jul 2010

This conversation analyses Special Minister of State Joe Ludwig discussion paper calling for new measures to ensure that lobbyist don't exert undue influence over our politicians.

Joe Ludwig's paper (114)  proposes bringing a wider range of lobbyists under the remit of the lobbyists register and code of conduct introduced two years ago, and it suggests doubling the amount of time that retiring government ministers have to wait before they set up shop in the influence industry.

But while the recommendations would give us more information about the 'who' in lobbying, that is who gets to meet government officials; they would reveal little about about the 'what', 'when' and 'how much' of the industry. In Australia there is no public record of meetings between lobbyists and government and nothing in the discussion paper would change that.

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