Christopher Pyne's role with a big four consulting firm is less important than the relentless growth of those firms within government. That's what a Senate inquiry should examine.
Defence offers a lucrative source of revenue for the big four consulting firms, and a rich tradition of former officials helping companies take advantage.
The big four consulting firms are becoming embedded in Australia's public sector, and that's a serious threat to good governance. The Greens propose to make a start in reining them in, but more is required.
Good morning, early birds. China has imposed an indefinite ban on coal imports from Australia ahead of strict new quotas, and Labor blasts the Coalition for stacking the Administrative Appeals Tribunal with former Liberal MPs and staffers. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.
The Big Four accounting firms have emerged as our dominant political donors at a time when we need to regulate them most.
And you can thank John Howard for that, writes business journalist Michael West.
The numbers are staggering. The Big Four accounting firms have picked up at least $2.6 billion in fees from the Australian government over the past 10 years, write Michael West and Geordie Wilson.
"Unhappily, Fairfax have somewhat made me a martyr for the crime of journalism," said West. But he's not giving it up.
A small example of how easy it is to game our ridiculous political donations disclosure system, if you were so minded. The Australian Electoral Commission has just posted on its website a late disclosure by KPMG, sent to the AEC on March 3, which describes donations worth over $117,000 to the Victorian Liberal and Labor […]