These are the people who lobby - mostly behind the scenes, but sometimes in full view - to advance their personal and organisational interests. They use persuasion/intimidation/donations to get their way.
Clubs Australia hinted that it had a trump card up its sleeve, but we couldn't have predicted this one. The clubs have managed to get one of Sydney's most respected religious leaders to front their campaign against Andrew Wilkie's poker machine reforms.
Gina Rinehart turns 58 today but with her family dispute continuing and a new advertising campaign launched by GetUp questioning her motivations behind her Fairfax raid, the celebrations are bound to be relatively low-key.
We declared it, and now former John Howard advisor Terry Barnes has expressed his concern about it: The Pharmacy Guild of Australia has an enormous amount of power, despite the fact few Australians knows little about just what they're all about.
Russell Zimmerman, head of the Australian Retailers Association, is a passionate advocate for the retail sector. But his reaction to the High Court’s decision to dismiss big tobacco’s challenge against the Federal Government’s plain packaging laws is just plain silly.
Our No. 9 most powerful lobbyist, the Australian Medical Association's Steve Hambleton, is proving his worth by hitting the headlines once again. This time regarding news that recent reforms giving community nurses the power to write prescriptions have so far failed to take off.
The Minerals Council of Australia's formidable PR machine – the same one that killed off Kevin Rudd's original mining tax in 2010 – has swung into action today with an advertising blitz against mooted tax increases in next month's budget. So will the ads influence what Wayne Swan dishes up on budget night?
Few occupations are as shrouded in mystery and stigma as lobbying. The very word conjures up images of Panama hat wearing ex-pollies, winks in the corridors of Parliament House and deals stitched up over long, boozy lunches.
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