Hiring former defence minister Christopher Pyne doesn't seem to have helped big four consulting firm EY lift its game in securing defence contracts.
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While big bank donations to parties have dried up, the world's big consulting firms have replaced them as sources of political funding, all while taxpayers hand more and more money back.
A look at political donations by the Big Four accounting firms shows us that they mostly had a bet each way on the election outcome.
Some of our biggest political donors and key policy advisers operate without the kind of basic transparency that we expect of corporations.
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.
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