Wednesday, 19 September 2018
Lobbying to Political Parties
That the Senate—
(i) reports in the media that not a single lobbyist has been punished for breaching the Lobbying Code of Conduct (Code) in the past five years,
(ii) that in October 2013, newly retired Labor Government Minister for Energy and Resources, Mr Martin Ferguson, took up a position at the peak body for the oil and gas industry, the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association, advocating for the commercial interests of very industry he was in charge of regulating only months before, and
(iii) that Mr Ferguson is not classified by the Code as a lobbyist because he is employed directly as an in-house lobbyist by an industry peak body; and
(b) calls on the Government to update the definition of a lobbyist to ensure that in-house lobbyists for industry and industry peak bodies, such as Mr Ferguson, are captured by the regulation of the Code.
The opposition will be opposing this motion. Labor has a proud history of ensuring transparency throughout our political system. It was a Labor government that introduced the Lobbying Code of Conduct. The code applies in conjunction with the Australian government's Statement of Ministerial Standards. As we have repeatedly stated, the government should enforce those ministerial standards.