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MISSING PIECES: The Integrity (Lobbyists) Bill lacks transparency. Photo: iStockphoto

Integrity missing from lobbyist bill

As often happens when politicians try to legislate lobbyists, it’s what’s not included that’s most compelling.

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Mt Lawley
Fully agree, Joe - but then we all know that 'integrity' and 'fairness' are foreign concepts to Barnett (not to mention Abbott, in Canberra). Time for local government to show up state government? At last week's Council meeting, City of Vincent passed a resolution that would do just that. Council REQUESTED the Chief Executive Officer to present a report to a Council Forum to consider introducing a public register of all Council Member meetings and telephone conversations with developers and applicants regarding planning and development proposals within the City of Vincent.

South Perth
Thanks Ian. One practice I heard about for local government that should be embraced across the board - and even adopted by state government departments and ministers and assistant ministers - is that when lobbyists make an appointment two on the government side should be present. But the really indispensable requirement is for all who hire lobbyists, the lobbyists themselves, and those being lobbied should be required to submit monthly returns outlining details of their activities, meaning lobbying meetings. And those hiring lobbyists and the lobbyists themselves should also disclose what was paid for this work. Colin Barnett has steered clear of these requirements which means his so-called Integrity (Lobbyists) Bill is better named as the Clandestine (Lobbyists) Bill. Joseph Poprzeczny.

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