Topic archives: lobbyists

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

August 30, 2016 3

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.

Media briefs: lobbyists to the capital … US sell-off … in your face, Queen Vic …

Media briefs: lobbyists to the capital … US sell-off … in your face, Queen Vic …

September 9, 2015

Queen Elizabeth II receives another, figurative, crown. And other media tidbits of the day.

Secret lobbying is pervasive and insidious

Secret lobbying is pervasive and insidious

May 14, 2015 7

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.

So you wanna be a lobbyist …

So you wanna be a lobbyist …

September 5, 2014 8

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.

The secret life of lobbyists

The secret life of lobbyists

July 16, 2014 6

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.

Liberals, lobbyists and finding the fine line between them

Liberals, lobbyists and finding the fine line between them

April 24, 2014 5

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.

Saville’s Shout: politics’ revolving door … antisocial app …

Saville’s Shout: politics’ revolving door … antisocial app …

March 24, 2014 3

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?

Lobbyists are all born equal, so regulate the lot

Lobbyists are all born equal, so regulate the lot

October 18, 2013 3

Populist laws aimed at regulating lobbyists might seem butch, but looking deeper they are a sham, writes STW Group government lobbyist Justin Di Lollo.

Crosby Textor rises from the lobbying ashes under Abbott

Crosby Textor rises from the lobbying ashes under Abbott

October 15, 2013 5

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

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

October 1, 2013 5

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 ...

Open for business: Lib flacks rush to Canberra to lobby Abbott

Open for business: Lib flacks rush to Canberra to lobby Abbott

September 11, 2013 10

The election of an Abbott government has led to an influx of Liberal-aligned lobbyists to Canberra. Matthew Knott profiles the biggest players -- and it turns out they're not all getting along.

When ‘social cost’ gets slippery: how lobby groups spin their case

When ‘social cost’ gets slippery: how lobby groups spin their case

June 17, 2013 20

Good causes have a tougher time convincing policymakers of the merits of addressing social issues. So they rely on "social cost" to get into the policy space.

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

June 4, 2013

Feeney sharpens his sword in Batman stoush ... Glenn Milne resurfaces with career change ... The Oz talks up the ALP ...

The Power Index: election deciders, corporate lobbyists at #5

The Power Index: election deciders, corporate lobbyists at #5

May 30, 2013

Government not spruiking your particular corporate interest enough? No worries -- just take to the airwaves yourself with a relatively small ad buy, as these special interests have done, and you can easily influence policy, win elections and even topple leaders.

Want to win over government? Don’t join an advisory council

March 21, 2013

The Victorian government is convening a ministerial advisory council on gay health issues. A member of the last group, Daniel Reeders, describes the challenges of getting anything done.

Five people who won the federal budget lobbying game

Five people who won the federal budget lobbying game

May 9, 2012

So whose lobbying power really struck this year’s federal budget? The Power Index picks the most powerful, and it's not who you might expect (think anti-smoking, disability and micro-brewies).

Small business and the light on the hill

November 29, 2011

Crikey reads have their say.

Lobbyists and public policy decisions

November 23, 2011

Crikey readers have their say.

Business’ $10m carbon tax rally — will anyone show up?

July 7, 2011

Confusion surrounds the fledgling Australian Trade and Industry Alliance and its advertising campaign against the federal government’s carbon price scheme, with industry groups unsure of its membership or direction, writes Crikey intern Andrew Duffy.

‘Raising the profile’ of Dictators R Us — a PR register

February 25, 2011 3

There's plenty of money to be made representing despots in Washington.