AMA president Dr Omar Khorshid (centre) has been a regular commentator, lobbyist and advocate during the pandemic.
The AMA has shaped some important decisions in the pandemic, but it’s not always clear how its power is used.
Explaining the organisations and laws that are supposed to govern the link between money and influence.
European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.
Rising protectionism has the potential to have major negative effects on many European companies, yet firms have been largely absent from the public conversation. Why?
The former prime minister didn’t break any rules in his relations with Greensill – because the rules hardly exist.
Big Tech reacted to the Capitol riot by shutting down one of Trump’s supporters’ favorite social media apps.
AP Photo/John Minchillo
Apple, Twitter and other tech companies were able to unilaterally shut down much of Trump’s communication infrastructure. That’s a lot of power.
Fishermen on the shore by decommissioned oil rigs in Port Aransas, Texas (March 11, 2019).
Republicans claim that Biden’s clean-energy program would mean massive job losses in the oil-and-gas sector. The figures cited are not supported by the facts.
By combining plastic waste with durian wood sawdust, we may have found a way to slow the rise of plastic pollution in Indonesia.
Government should be held accountable for its role in addressing obesity and diet-related diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, in South Africa.
The food industry’s tactics are designed to reduce the likelihood of the government adopting global recommendations to tackle obesity.
Protesters rally to have Colorado’s then-incoming governor put an up-to-nine-month moratorium on oil and gas development.
Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images
Millions of dollars are spent every election by corporations that want to influence state regulations and policies, and that’s likely to continue in the upcoming election.
Lobbyists try to water down policies that could restrict the public’s access to their harmful products.
The steady flow of politicians and government staffers switching sides to lobby for powerful food, alcohol and gambling companies is a threat to public health.
Former ministers Christopher Pyne and Julie Bishop have appeared before a Senate committee to defend their post-parliamentary jobs.
Australian politics’ ‘revolving door’ is undermining efforts to counter lobbying and potential corruption, and the regulation system is hopelessly flawed.
GetUp has been in the Coalition’s firing line for a number of years now, which is not surprising, given its lobbying efforts for left-wing causes.
GetUp is already subject to the same type of regulation as a political party. By challenging its links to left-wing parties, though, the Coalition is seeking to strip away its claim of independence.
Questions have been raised about the new private-sector roles of former ministers Christopher Pyne and Julie Bishop.
Lukas Coch/Mick Tsikas/AAP
One in four former ministers go on to take lucrative roles with special interest groups after leaving politics. Our current standards regulating this practice aren’t being enforced adequately.
Bill Gates looks to his wife Melinda as they are interviewed in Kirkland, Washington, in February 2019.
A political scientist warns that a new lobbying initiative launched by Bill and Melinda Gates could harm US higher education.
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.
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci
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.
AP Photo/Richard Drew
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.