Parmesan cheese, prosciutto, salami, olive oil… Italian food is at the heart of intense diplomatic lobbying.
To defend traditional Italian products such as meats and cheeses – delicious, but often high in fat and salt – the country's government has launched an intense lobbying campaign to fight nutrition labels.
Donald Trump spoke at AIPAC’s annual conference during his 2016 presidential campaign.
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The American Israeli Public Action Committee has managed to work with Democrats and Republicans alike. Will that change now that Israel has tacked to the right?
The SIFA gun lobby is running ads in Victoria targeting Labor in the hopes it can get more pro-gun independent MPs elected.
SIFA claims it wants to 'simplify, not weaken' gun control laws in Australia. But it's following the same playbook as the NRA in America – and hoping for similar results.
The biggest U.S. oil company wants to pay every American a dividend.
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Exxon Mobil has a clear motive to back a new plan to tax carbon with its clout and money. And a carbon tax that is high enough to work might prove politically impossible to enact.
Sophia, a robot granted citizenship in Saudi Arabia.
A legal loophole could grant computer systems many legal rights people have – threatening human rights and dignity and setting up some real legal and moral problems.
Former NSW minister Ian Macdonald (left) and union boss John Maitland are just two of the prominent figures who have been swept up in anti-corruption investigations at the state level.
Public trust in government is sliding and there's a perception that a small elite is reaping the benefits of political influence. This points to the need for a federal anti-corruption body.
Former EPA chief Scott Pruitt, second from left, conferring with auto industry leaders.
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The environmental responsibility some businesses say they embrace is only a veneer.
Food safety issues are at heart political.
The scientific process and the generation of doubt : controversy versus polemic.
It’s time to stop confusing sterile debates and pseudoscience with the healthy controversies that nourish scientific progress.
A building full of revolving doors?
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More than 180 individuals have moved between senior public service roles and the fossil fuel industry in Australia over the past decade - providing a golden escalator for former senior politicians.
The economics of political donations and lobbying.
Federal politicians are finally moving against political donations after repeated scandals, but the economics shows lobbying should be ended regardless.
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.