August, 2016

Business Council budgeting: ‘No excuses!’ (except for its mates)

, Aug 30, 2016

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What does the nation's self-appointed fiscal guardian say when the Coalition presides over a massive budget blowout? Why, it finds excuses not available to Labor.
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Media briefs: lobbyists to the capital … US sell-off … in your face, Queen Vic …

, Sep 09, 2015

Queen Elizabeth II receives another, figurative, crown. And other media tidbits of the day.
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Secret lobbying is pervasive and insidious

, May 14, 2015

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To re-establish integrity in government departments, we must first deal with the problem of vested-interests lobbying, writes former senior public servant and diplomat John Menadue.
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So you wanna be a lobbyist …

, Sep 05, 2014

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Reading headlines about ICAC and Eddie Obeid might have you thinking successful lobbying is mostly graft with some slippery footwork thrown in. But Alistair Nicholas, senior adviser in the government relations and public affairs practice of Weber Shandwick Australia, says there's quite a bit more to it.
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The secret life of lobbyists

, Jul 16, 2014

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Why do some lobby groups get the audiences they want while others go home empty-handed? Colin Jacobs, a former staffer to Senator Richard Di Natale, explains the tricks of the trade.
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Liberals, lobbyists and finding the fine line between them

, Apr 24, 2014

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Political lobbying is an incestuous reality. But where does it cross the line into corruption? Governance expert and ACIL Allen executive director Stephen Bartos explores.
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Saville’s Shout: politics’ revolving door … antisocial app …

, Mar 24, 2014

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With Australia allowing -- even encouraging -- politicians to profit from holding ministerial portfolios once they retire from politics, is it any wonder Arthur Sinodinos is in hot water?
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Lobbyists are all born equal, so regulate the lot

, Oct 18, 2013

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Populist laws aimed at regulating lobbyists might seem butch, but looking deeper they are a sham, writes STW Group government lobbyist Justin Di Lollo.
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Crosby Textor rises from the lobbying ashes under Abbott

, Oct 15, 2013

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Liberal-aligned lobbying firms Crosby Textor and Barton Deakin have ballooning client lists after the federal election. Here are some of their clients ...
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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

, Oct 01, 2013

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Presumably federal cabinet has changed its mind about imposing a ban on officeholders in the Coalition parties acting as lobbyists. Either that or Alexander Downer is about to step down ...