Submission to Operation Halifax investigation into lobbying of public officials and public authorities in NSW and the related procedures and regulatory system.
Ken Coghill & Julia Thornton on behalf of ART
Major issues of accountability are associated with lobbying activity directed at public officials in the
exercise of their powers. As with conflict of interest, lobbying has actual and potential ramifications.
Lobbying may involved unethical or illegal activity which corrupts democratic principles.
Even if conducted legally and ethically, it may create a situation of unequal access to influence government decision-making. Democracy depends on equal representation of all interests, not just those that can afford to make their presence felt.