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Australian politics isn’t fit for purpose in a burning world

Australian politics isn’t fit for purpose in a burning world

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.

Alan Jones doesn’t control New South Wales, political donations do

Alan Jones doesn’t control New South Wales, political donations do

Racing NSW and the rest of the gambling lobby have long called the shots in NSW because they give the government so much money.

Report sheds new light on the political influence wielded by special interests

Report sheds new light on the political influence wielded by special interests

A Grattan Institute report finally provides some hard data on the extent to which special interests interfere in public policy via donations and lobbying.

Bizarro lobbying: why so many lobbyists aren’t registered as lobbyists

Bizarro lobbying: why so many lobbyists aren’t registered as lobbyists

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.

The bizarre reason Parliament House won’t tell us who has a security pass

The bizarre reason Parliament House won’t tell us who has a security pass

Parliament House says releasing its list of lobbyist organisations would constitute contempt of parliament. Translation: lobbyists will only lobby in secret.

Walker: what will anti-foreign influence legislation cover? Everything, it seems.

Walker: what will anti-foreign influence legislation cover? Everything, it seems.

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.

Billson did nothing wrong — under our hopeless lobbying laws, that is

Billson did nothing wrong — under our hopeless lobbying laws, that is

Our light-touch rules on MPs and lobbying are a relic from an age before politics was professional and lobbying was big business.

Time for an end to rentseeker dinosaurs?

Time for an end to rentseeker dinosaurs?

Once dominant in Australian politics, the Business Council and the Minerals Council are now struggling for relevance. Perhaps their time is now over.

Put out your lumps of coal for departing Minerals Council boss

Put out your lumps of coal for departing Minerals Council boss

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.

How our lobbying laws discriminate against small business

How our lobbying laws discriminate against small business

Our inconsistent rules around lobbying transparency mean small and medium-sized businesses face greater accountability than larger firms.