Lobbying in Australia: You Can't Expect Anything to Change If You Don't Speak Up
This book is the only up-to-date guide to the lobby industry in Australia which now exceeds $1 billion per year and employs several thousand people. It is a wake-up call to parliament and people that unless they are aware of what all lobby groups are doing Australia runs the risk of its system of government being compromised as happens in the United States. Lobbying, often undetected and unreported, has become an increasingly important part of the political process in the national capital. However, debate will surely arise and continue on particular aspects of lobbying where the vested interest has gained an advantage at the expense of the public interest. The first step must surely be to shed light on how the lobbying industry operates, who its main players are and what it attempts to achieve. This book provides a basis for that debate. Part One looks at the establishment of the lobbying industry in Canberra, the ready access of lobbyists to government and the impact of their operations on the local economy. Part Two provides practical advice on how to go about lobbying. The major players in Canberra are identified. Advice is given on how to gain access to Parliament, who to contact in the administration and where to find essential information. Good and bad lobbying practices are identified. Part Three includes a directory of the 150 lobby groups and a table of statistics on them. The appendices also provide some case studies.
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