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.
Google Chairman Eric Schmidt faced a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee hearing called ‘The Power of Google: Serving Consumers or Threatening Competition’ in 2011.
While technology companies have embraced Washington, they haven’t yet embraced political disclosure.
The Property Council has been lobbying hard to keep negative gearing.
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 in Australia is big business.
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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’s major focus this election is shaping up to be the Great Barrier Reef.
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.
GetUp! has claimed a win for its five year campaign to stop dredging and new coal mines near the Reef.
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.
Lobby groups have a lot to lose or gain in elections.
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.
New AMA president Michael Gannon is looking to ‘build bridges’ with what he expects will be a returned Turnbull government.
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 will go to extraordinary lengths to ensure moves to quell smoking rates fail.
Big Tobacco relies on tactics of deceit, delay and frustration which it has developed and refined over half a century.
Allegations that President Jacob Zuma’s friends, the Gupta family, corruptly dictate cabinet appointments have plunged South Africa into a political crisis.
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.
Who can speak to power and how?
Not all lobbying is bad. Some of it does a lot of good.
Lobbyists still welcome.
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.
No go zone for academics?
New rules could have a chilling effect on academic freedom of speech.
A need to report back from the frontline.
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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.
The Heritage Foundation has had a profound effect on defence spending and military action in the US.
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 tobacco industry used advertising to sell – rather than convey – its message in its lobbying tactics.
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.
Business, environmental, trade union and social groups all see advantages in looking beyond high-emission industries such as coal-fired power.
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The Australian Climate Roundtable unites business, environmental and social groups in calling for a strong climate policy. This unprecedented show of unity might even break down Canberra's climate stalemate.