Jane Burgermeister Report: “Austrian Justice Minister drafts anti-corruption laws ..” introduces a ‘mandatory register for lobbyists’. Where’s NZ’s?
(Austria’s Justice Minister) Bandion-Ortner unveiled plans to establish a mandatory register for lobbyists and introduce a fine of 10,000 euros for MPS (Abgeordnete) who fail to list their links with lobbyists.
Where is the mandatory register for lobbyists for ‘clean, green’ New Zealand – ‘perceived’ to be the ‘least corrupt country in the world’ ?
Austria’s Justice Minister Dr Claudia Bandion-Ortner has drafted tough new laws in the wake of corruption scandals that have rocked the country.
A bribery scandal involving an Austrian MEP Ernst Strasser who offered to influence EU bank laws in return for 100,000 euros highlighted the lax rules that have turned Austria into a “lobbying paradise”.
Bandion-Ortner unveiled plans to establish a mandatory register for lobbyists and introduce a fine of 10,000 euros for MPS (Abgeordnete) who fail to list their links with lobbyists.
In addition, a ban is set to be imposed on MPs promoting a cause in which they have a financial interest.
Also, new anti-corruption laws will carry a 10-year jail sentence for MPs to accept cash to change laws.
In a separate move, Social Democrat Parliament President Barbara Prammer is pushing for MPs to declare income from second jobs, adopting a model used by the German parliament to draw attention to potential conflict of interests. Read more of this post
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