While the Coalition government has many climate denialists in its ranks, fossil fuel companies can also wield systemic power to make sure the political system works in their interests, not the community's.
Racing NSW and the rest of the gambling lobby have long called the shots in NSW because they give the government so much money.
A Grattan Institute report finally provides some hard data on the extent to which special interests interfere in public policy via donations and lobbying.
The arcane rules of the lobbyist register mean lobbyists for a firm that lobbies don't need to register as lobbyists because they're lobbyists of a special kind.
Parliament House says releasing its list of lobbyist organisations would constitute contempt of parliament. Translation: lobbyists will only lobby in secret.
There's a push for new legislation to curtail agents of influence in the political processes, but first it must define who those agents are.
Once dominant in Australian politics, the Business Council and the Minerals Council are now struggling for relevance. Perhaps their time is now over.
It didn't take long after BHP mentioned it was unhappy with the coal-obsessed direction of the Minerals Council for the council CEO to depart.