Politicians go from being a Minister to a lobbyist in the blink of an eye – and there’s nothing we can do about it.
There are dozens of examples of politicians going from politics to private business in the space of a few days. It smells like corruption when your future employer is asking you for a policy change, you make the policy change, then you’re on their books a week later. And we’re not protected against this sort of corruption in any way. Lobbyists aren’t regulated in any meaningful way. They can walk around Canberra’s offices without ever so much as signing a visitor’s book. Their meetings are never disclosed. They don’t have to disclose who they’re working on behalf of. And in fact, most of the lobbying happening today – those people don’t even need to register as lobbyists. Canberra needs a cleanup.