Who’s lobbying whom? When it comes to alcohol, tobacco, food and gambling firms, we’re in the dark

Fri, 15 Dec 2023 04:06:38 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

"Alcohol, tobacco, food and gambling industries are among those that lobby
government ministers and their advisors to help shape public policy.

But when we looked for details of who’s lobbying whom in Australia, we found
government lobbyist registers largely left us in the dark.

In our recently published research, we found these registers were
time-consuming to navigate and not detailed enough. The registers couldn’t give
us a comprehensive picture of who’s lobbying whom, and how often. Most
registers weren’t set up to do so.

We’re concerned about this lack of transparency and the potential for business
interests to have undue influence over health policies. This has the potential
to diminish trust in government, a risk to democracy."

       *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
https://glasswings.com.au/            Partner, Glass Wings
https://sericyb.com.au/               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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