Lobbying in Australia: You Can't Expect Anything to Change If You Don't Speak Up

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Rosenberg Publishing, 2006 - Political Science - 264 pages
This book is the only up-to-date guide to the political lobbying industry in Australia. It is a wake-up call to the parliament and the people that, unless they are aware of what all lobby groups are doing, Australia‚??s system of government runs the risk of being compromised. Lobbying, often undetected and unreported, has become an increasingly important part of the political process. With 1,000 lobbyists in Canberra (more than four for every Member of Parliament), the time has come to examine the industry. Calls for regulation of the industry have fallen on deaf ears. However, debate is needed on particular aspects of lobbying where the vested interest has gained an advantage at the expense of the public interest. What the public interest is may vary from issue to issue and from administration to administration. The first step is to shed light on how the lobbying industry operates, who its main players are, and what it attempts to achieve. Several chapters provide details of good lobbying and bad lobbying practices. The appendices also provide case studies.

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Julian Fitzgerald is a Federal Parliamentary Gallery journalist working for Clareville Press. born in Canberra he studied political science at the Australian National University before becoming a journalist.

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