The banks have themselves called for an inquiry into banking and financial services.
Appearing to co-operate is the best way to try to influence the terms of an inquiry and manage the bad press.
Jacqui Lambie has released a policy on lobbying that has become the starting point for negotiations on the issue.
Giving Australia's lobbying laws teeth, and a sizeable regulatory jaw to occasionally brandish them, is a major step in the right direction.
At a time when our political future is uncertain, the only way to guarantee change is to do it yourself.
South African business can beat back the toxic 'white monopoly capital' title by doing things differently and not by shouting from roof tops.
Is public relations simply a more insidious form of fake news?
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Russia has seized upon loopholes in lobbying laws, hiring PR firms to influence American public opinion and policy in ways that advance Russia's strategic interests.
Trump holds a joint news conference with Indian Prime Minister Modi on June 26, 2017.
A small, but wealthy, population of Indian-Americans is playing a role in transforming US foreign policy toward India.
Australia can learn much for Canada’s lobbying regulations.
Countries such as Canada offer Australia clear lessons on how to better police lobbying.
Attorney-General George Brandis (left) and Special Minister of State Scott Ryan need to work together to reform foreign donations laws.
The political donations laws in Australia are dated and an increasing threat to democracy.
Why have successive federal governments not regulated junk food marketing to control obesity? The reasons aren’t as obvious as you might think.
No wonder obesity is a tough public health issue for governments to deal with. Our research has uncovered a range of barriers to tackling it, some more obvious than others.
House Speaker Paul Ryan walking into the Capitol on May 4, when the House voted narrowly to accept a bill he shepherded to replace Obamacare.
Arguments about the AHCA showed deep disagreement on health care coverage. Could this move us toward universal coverage, which some say could be simpler? Don't hold your breath.
Expect big companies to muscle in on the law-making.
Anna Bligh is now the chief spokesperson for an industry that fares poorly in the public eye.
Beyond her political savvy, Anna Bligh’s appointment as CEO of the Australian Banking Association brings greater access than a Liberal appointee would.
The gambling lobby continues to provide substantial support to political parties.
The gambling industry continues to make handsome donations to our politicians, and recently named some of those it supports.
The one audience that was prepared for a hard Brexit, it seems, was the City of London.
Poker machines are wildly unpopular in the electorate – so why fight an election on them?
The gambling lobby's failure to seriously influence the 2016 ACT election should embolden governments around Australia that have a mind to deal with gambling reform.
Hundreds of thousands of Australians marched against the deployment of Australian troops to Iraq.
The late 1960s and 1970s saw powerful waves of dissent break out over Australia. It hasn't been the same since.
Hidden links between tobacco companies and tobacco control opponents may be hindering plain packaging legislation around the world.
Former resources and energy minister Martin Ferguson went into lobbying for that sector after retiring from politics.
When even the most senior politicians go on to work as lobbyists, it can profoundly undermine democracy.
Liberal senator Cory Bernardi has reportedly devoted himself to mobilising a conservative lobby in Australia.
Mobilising and organising large numbers of voters makes for a powerful political force, and as a tool for change in democracies. Its use is not limited to 'elites'.
Malcolm Turnbull’s plan for small business: you can’t please all of the people all of the time.
Some policies split the traditional supporters of the Coalition, while others will put the government at odds with key Senate cross benchers.