Lobbying Bill 2014 & Appointment to State Boards

Posted October 2nd, 2014

During the recent debate on the new lobbying legislation I took the opportunity to speak on the manner in which the government appoints people to state boards.

You can watch the video of my contribution by clicking here.

– Draft remarks –

It’s about time that we did something on Lobbying in this country – to try and regulate it, to try and bring greater transparency to it.

Lobbying is a part of political life. It’s not inherently a bad thing – it’s actually an important function of democracy: to have one’s voice heard. But when it is not done openly, it actually undermines our democracy.

There is a direct correlation here to the area of appointments to state boards.

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