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.
When even the most senior politicians go on to work as lobbyists, it can profoundly undermine democracy.
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'.
Some policies split the traditional supporters of the Coalition, while others will put the government at odds with key Senate cross benchers.
While technology companies have embraced Washington, they haven’t yet embraced political disclosure.
The Property Council of Australia, a lobby group representing the biggest real estate developers, has shaped election debate about negative gearing and some taxes.
Pathology Australia promptly abandoned its Don't Kill Bulk Bill campaign against cuts to bulk-billing incentives after doing a deal with the federal government.
The ACF has retreated from an "insider" approach of lobbying politicians for policy change, towards a more grass-roots approach, harnessing community support. And it seems to be working.
Political engagement in Australia has changed enormously over the past decade. New organisations such as GetUp! have taken the lead in channelling citizen voice into politics.
Lobbying in Australia is a multi-billion dollar industry which employs a sophisticated strategy to win public opinion and political favours for its clients or members. Here's how.
The AMA has campaigned heavily on the Medicare rebate freeze, pointing out its potential impact on patient access if out-of-pocket costs were to increase.
Big Tobacco relies on tactics of deceit, delay and frustration which it has developed and refined over half a century.
Lobbying political actors to achieve particular outcomes is an acceptable practice in a democracy. But state capture, as is allegedly happening in South Africa, denotes holding the state to ransom.
Not all lobbying is bad. Some of it does a lot of good.
More and more countries are shining lights on lobbyists' efforts to shape policy. For all the hope of a new politics after the Scottish indyref, the SNP government is offering a limp biscuit.
New rules could have a chilling effect on academic freedom of speech.
If new anti-lobbying rules for charities aren't to stifle debate, new ways for community groups to report back from the frontline must be set up.
Even many Americans don’t know much about organisations like the Alliance Defending Freedom and the Heritage Foundation. But these groups play a critical role in advancing conservative policies.
The lobbying tactics developed by the US tobacco industry no longer just targeted government, but expanded to include the voting public. These tactics still exist in lobbying today.