Corporate Australia has perfected the art of capturing governments and manipulating regulators. Across the banking, mining and gaming industries, legions of lobbyists, government relations managers and PR spinners work diligently every day to push their agendas.
It’s a hustle that's usually hidden from view. But thanks to the spectacular downfall of Crown and the three inquiries that have followed, we now have a much clearer picture of how this engine room of influence works.
The Victorian royal commission into Crown this week delivered more shocking evidence about the casino giant's behaviour. It has also given us more detail about how it bullies governments into submission.