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

One of the few -- very few -- transparency tools we have at Commonwealth level is the lobbyist register, on which third-party lobbyists must register if they're to be able to meet government officials, including ministers, staffers and public servants.

The Australian's Paul Garvey has a nice little story about a change to the code of conduct under which lobbyists breaching the rules could be, in effect, suspended for three months rather than permanently deregistered.