Crikey Says

Apr 11, 2014

Crikey says: Carr’s right on unhealthy lobbying, at least

Want to run Australia's detention centres? It's all up for grabs. Stepping delicately with Tony Abbott in China. Australia's corporate regulator: should we laugh or cry? Rupert Murdoch in his own words. Farmers' lobby turns on CSG. Guy Rundle's window into artistic dystopia. And News Corp wants a "fair go" for the west (but won't move there).

The Australian rounded up supporters of Israel and fired back at Bob Carr today, claiming that his accusations of excessive influence in national affairs -- and particularly Julia Gillard's prime ministerial offices -- by pro-Israel lobbyists had "near uniform condemnation". Really? By federal Labor backbencher and borderline zealot Michael Danby, certainly, who called Carr a "bigot" and managed to look an even bigger goose than the high-flying, pyjama-wearing former foreign minister. And by the lobbyists themselves, of course, who unapologetically insisted to the Oz they're just advocating for their cause. As they're entitled to do. But they do it forcibly. They harass MPs (and journalists) regularly. They're well-funded, well-resourced and have a level of access to representatives some other lobbies only dream of. The hysterical reaction from some to the simple acknowledgement of that only proves Carr's point.

Free Trial

You've hit members-only content.

Sign up for a FREE 21-day trial to keep reading and get the best of Crikey straight to your inbox

By starting a free trial, you agree to accept Crikey’s terms and conditions


Leave a comment

4 thoughts on “Crikey says: Carr’s right on unhealthy lobbying, at least

  1. klewso

    Sure they have a disproportionate influence.

    And Carr didn’t slug we tax payers for the costs incurred promoting his book – like the Oz’s favourite PM?

  2. Irfan Yusuf

    Interesting read.

  3. Gavin Moodie

    I am still bemused at the white establishment’s current strong support for Zionism since historically it has been anti Semitic indicated, for example, by its exclusion of Jews from the Melbourne Club and similar bodies. Perhaps the establishment is so desperate that willing for now to join causes with any support it can find.

  4. Gavin Moodie

    Moderated, as expected. Still would like the followups whose box I forgot to tick.

Share this article with a friend

Just fill out the fields below and we'll send your friend a link to this article along with a message from you.

Your details

Your friend's details