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Stuart Robert, Synergy 360, and backbenchers as lobbyists

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Stuart Robert, Synergy 360, and backbenchers as lobbyists

2022-11-25 00:21:23

Has Stuart Robert carried out something mistaken in serving to companies meet ministers? There are not any guidelines towards it and it’s miles extra widespread than you assume.

Stuart Robert (Picture: AAP/Mick Tsikas)
Whereas it is Stuart Robert at present within the firing line over smoothing the trail to entry for company mates and huge companies — through Nick McKenzie’s exposé of emails between Robert and lobbying agency Synergy 360 and its shoppers — there could be just a few different backbenchers on the Coalition aspect sweating about what may emerge relating to their very own efforts to attach large companies, typically run by mates, with decision-makers.

Robert’s actions occurred when he wasn’t certain by the ministerial code of conduct, prompting recommendations there must be a backbench code of conduct, however the points run somewhat deeper than that.

What McKenzie reveals is a smaller model of a giant drawback: the processes that transcend easy lobbying to full-blown “state seize”, by which people and organisations are integrally linked with a political occasion, work in its pursuits, and provide a direct connection to decision-makers for company shoppers and donors.

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