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INTRODUCTION

In this two-part series Inq seeks to untangle the web of influence that sees large organisations gain direct access to some of the country’s most powerful decision-makers.

Inq speaks to lobbyists to understand how they operate, where they draw the line with respect to their tactics and draw a distinction between registered third-party lobbyists and much murkier ‘influencers’.

PART ONE:

Looking at the who, what, and why of lobbyists

They're everywhere in Canberra, but how much influence do lobbyists really have?

PART TWO:

There are registered lobbyists and then there’s these guys…

How can we make any decisions about whether lobbying is a good or a bad thing when not all lobbyists are registered — and those that aren't have less transparency and greater secrecy?