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Monday, August 31, 2009

Gaps filling in lobbyist registration

Tasmania a week or so ago- Victoria and South Australia in the last few days announce plans for registration. Neither of the recent additions go beyond the basics: a public register and code of conduct for third party lobbyists, and a ban on post-separation lobbying by a minister for 18 months in Victoria (12 months for lesser mortals) and two years in SA after leaving office. Maybe Victoria is the only jurisdiction to require declaration by professional lobbyists of unpaid lobbying work? None of the schemes in place are anywhere near comprehensive in the registration requirement or designed to bring full transparency to the not so gentle art of influence-peddling. Queensland is sounding as if it will end up clear leader, given ideas being talked about there.

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