Winning the election might be the easy part for Labor compared to weaning Australia off fossil fuel exports. But it must be done.
Humanity is destroying Earth’s ability to support complex life. But coming to grips with the magnitude of the problem is hard, even for experts.
Food safety issues are at heart political.
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.
Australia can learn much for Canada’s lobbying regulations.
Countries such as Canada offer Australia clear lessons on how to better police lobbying.
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.
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.
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.
BCA President Catherine Livingstone greets Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
The Business Council of Australia speaks for the big end of town - but does it still have the ear of government?
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.
Who can speak to power and how?
Not all lobbying is bad. Some of it does a lot of good.
Foreign PR campaigns have been waged for decades. Films like 1930’s All Quiet on the Western Front were significantly altered to appease Germany’s Nazi Party.
Feature films and television shows notoriously play fast-and-loose with the facts. When prologues proclaim “Based on a True Story,” they’re gracefully implying that what follows is mostly fiction. Awards…
Big Food in Australia is not the same as the industry in the United States, where much of the popular media has come from.
Criticism of the food industry has itself become a niche industry. But the tendency to embrace a US-centric conception of how the industry works risks masking local variants and inhibiting a targeted response…
You want a receipt for that, guv? Stephen Byers famously described himself as a ‘cab for hire’
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I had better declare an interest: it’s that sort of week. I co-edit a journal called Interest Groups and Advocacy. This is of no interest to HMRC, but the journal’s name merits examination in the context…
New research has quantified the value for US Lobbyists of having friends in high places. The study found lobbyists’ revenue…
What’s next, Hitler was a vegetarian?
The inversion of reality and morality has been a long-standing attribute of the climate “debate,” which reached a new watershed low a few days ago with the latest travesty from the Heartland Institute…
Will we see another lobby group leader who genuinely wants solutions?
When was the last time the head of a national lobby group led a national initiative in the national interest, way beyond the comfort zone of the majority of their constituency? Where are the national leaders…
Powerful lobby groups that oppose genetically modified (GM) food are threatening public acceptance of the technology, hampering…
Tony Blair pulled back the curtain on the relationship between journalists and politicians..
MEDIA & DEMOCRACY: On the final day of The Conversation’s series on how the media influences the way our representatives develop policy, John Keane examines how the relationships between politicians…