This report outlines how current Australian laws and regulations allow corporations to put their profits ahead of the wellbeing of local communities. Australian laws permit big industry to contribute millions to the major political parties’ election campaigns. These donations act as an insurance policy against strong regulation.
As well as favourable treatment, corporate donations buy access to politicians that ordinary people would never get. To increase their access to power, corporations hire ex-politicians and advisors. When these methods fail to secure the desired outcome, these industries use their vast wealth to fund punishing multi-million-dollar attack campaigns.
The political control wielded by these industries is holding back stronger regulation to protect us from their harmful practises. This report details the human cost of this form of legalised corruption, from lives destroyed by addiction to whole communities lost to climate-change induced natural disasters, and provides clear solutions to stop the cycle of corporate influence in Australia's politics.