Federal politicians are finally moving against political donations after repeated scandals, but the economics shows lobbying should be ended regardless.
Appearing to co-operate is the best way to try to influence the terms of an inquiry and manage the bad press.
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.
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.
A small, but wealthy, population of Indian-Americans is playing a role in transforming US foreign policy toward India.
Countries such as Canada offer Australia clear lessons on how to better police lobbying.
The political donations laws in Australia are dated and an increasing threat to democracy.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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'.