Jul 30, 2009

Lobbyists line up to speed date government ministers

Businesses have forked out thousands to sit down to meetings with senior Rudd Government ministers, out of the gaze of the media, as an official part of the ALP National Conference.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

Anna Bligh isn’t the first premier to call for a ban on political donations. Morris Iemma made the same call early last year, although his party had different ideas, as it did on some other issues.


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3 thoughts on “Lobbyists line up to speed date government ministers

  1. Colin Bower

    I beg to differ Bernard, full public funding of political parties will be very popular with me. It is essential to remove the actual and perceived taint of special pleading and to remove the temptation for politicians to do favours for donors.

  2. meski

    ban donations, fine. Ban election campaigns, even finer!

  3. Ailie Bruins

    Where is your evidence that ‘Banning donations, and moving to a system of full public funding of political parties, won’t be popular with the public’? I envisage (I confess I don’t have the evidence) that there will be enormous savings which will benefit the public and the democratic system, hugely. There is plenty of evidence that corruption is very costly. Imagine, if instead of fundraisers, there were real ‘party’ meetings with lively political discussions, then it would not be such a bad idea to actually join a political party.

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