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This is part 10 in a series. For the full series, go here.

The game of access and influence is running hot in Canberra -- well-connected lobbyists have easy access to politicians on behalf of their clients or employers.

As the new "Julie Bishop" rule shows, the secret to their success is their insider status: almost 40% of them are former politicians, public servants or ministerial advisers. This has been described as the "revolving door", where former public officials capitalise on and monetise their networks to gain access to powerful decision-makers and policymakers for profit.