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NZ has no statutory requirement for a ‘Register of Lobbyists’ or ‘Code of Conduct for Lobbyists’ – unlike most Australian States and Commonwealth Governments: (BACKGROUND RESEARCH DOCUMENT)

5 June 2011

NZ has no statutory requirement for a ‘Register of Lobbyists’ or ‘Code of Conduct for Lobbyists’ – unlike most Australian States and Commonwealth Governments: (BACKGROUND RESEARCH DOCUMENT).

To make matters worse – New Zealand MPs have no enforceable ‘Code of Conduct’  either.

So – how is it that NZ is ‘perceived’ to be the least corrupt country in the world’ (along with Denmark and Singapore according to Transparency International’s 2010 ‘Corruption Perception Index’) – when we lack transparency and accountability  in such critical areas?:

“WHO IS MEETING THE MINISTER – ON WHOSE BEHALF – SERVING WHOSE INTEREST$?”

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AUSTRALIAN OVERVIEW:

www.aph.gov.au/Library/pubs/BN/pol/CodesOfConduct.htm

Summary of codes of conduct in Australian parliament, including  a comparison with NZ

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AUSTRALIAN REQUIREMENTS FOR REGISTERS OF LOBBYISTS, AND LOBBYISTS ‘CODES OF CONDUCT’ :

Australian Commonwealth Government

http://lobbyists.pmc.gov.au/

In 2008 the Australian Government introduced a Lobbying Code of Conduct and established a Register of Lobbyists to ensure that contact between lobbyists and Commonwealth Government representatives is conducted in accordance with public expectations of transparency, integrity and honesty.

Any lobbyist who acts on behalf of third-party clients for the purposes of lobbying Government representatives must be registered on the Register of Lobbyists and must comply with the requirements of the Lobbying Code of Conduct.

The public Register of Lobbyists contains the following information about lobbyists who make representations to Government on behalf of their third-party clients: the business registration details and trading names of each lobbying entity including, where the business is not a publicly listed company, the names of owners, partners or major shareholders, as applicable; the names and positions of persons employed, contracted or otherwise engaged by the lobbying entity to carry out lobbying activities; and the names of clients on whose behalf the lobbying entity conducts lobbying activities.

SAMPLE LOBBYIST PROFILE: http://lobbyists.pmc.gov.au/register

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NEW SOUTH WALES:

http://www.dpc.nsw.gov.au/prem/lobbyist_register

Register of Lobbyists

The Government has established a Register of Lobbyists and introduced a Lobbyist Code of Conduct.

The Lobbyist Code of Conduct provides that Government representatives (Ministers, Parliamentary Secretaries, Ministerial staff, staff working for a Parliamentary Secretary, and persons working in public sector agencies) must only be lobbied by a professional lobbyist who is registered and has the lobbyist’s details on the Register.

The Premier will also be writing to Government Members of Parliament requiring them to comply with the Code. The Lobbyist Code of Conduct will take effect from 1 February 2009 and can be accessed here.

From 1 February 2009, professional lobbyists who act on behalf of third party clients will need to be registered with the Department of Premier and Cabinet before they can lobby Government representatives or Government Members of Parliament.

Also, these lobbyists will need to comply with the requirements of the Lobbyist Code of Conduct.

The Register is a public document that will contain the following information about professional lobbyists who represent a client’s views to Government representatives:

the business registration details, including the names of owners, partners or major shareholders, as applicable; the names and positions of persons employed, contracted or otherwise engaged by the lobbyist to carry out lobbying activities; and the names of clients who currently retain the lobbyist or have been provided lobbying services by the lobbyist during the past three months.

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VICTORIA STATE GOVERNMENT:

http://www.vic.gov.au/news-detail/victorian-government-lobbyists-register-goes-live.html

A register for lobbyists who make representations to Government is now up and running, as part of a range of reforms to further strengthen transparency and accountability in Victoria. Lobbyists on the register must agree to comply with the requirements of the Victorian Government Professional Lobbyist Code of Conduct.

The Victorian Government Professional Lobbyists’ Code included: Requiring professional lobbyists to register with the Public Sector Standards Commissioner every year, including statutory declarations concerning any relevant criminal history matters;

Requiring lobbyists to submit changes to their registration details to the Public Sector Standards Commissioner within 10 working days of any change;

Barring any unregistered professional lobbyist from lobbying the Victorian Government;

Requiring lobbyists to disclose for whom they are acting and on what issue from first communication with a government representative;

Requiring lobbyists to declare to government representatives, with whom they wish to discuss an issue, that they are registered.

The Register of Lobbyists can be viewed on the SSA website:

http://www.lobbyistsregister.vic.gov.au _________________________________________________________________________________________

QUEENSLAND STATE GOVERNMENT:

http://www.premiers.qld.gov.au/community-issues/open-transparent-gov/lobbyists-register.aspx

Register of Lobbyists Changes effective 1 January 2010

Registration requirements previously set out in the Queensland Contact with Lobbyists Code have been replaced by requirements under the Integrity Act 2009 (The Act).

The Act was passed by Parliament on 25 November 2009 and came into effect on 1 January 2010.

The Act transfers responsibility for the administration of the Register of Lobbyists from the Department of the Premier and Cabinet to the Queensland Integrity Commissioner.

Visit the Integrity Commissioner’s website (external site) for information on the Register of Lobbyists and registration requirements.

Lobbyists code of conduct The Integrity Commissioner has approved a Lobbyists Code of Conduct in March 2010.

The Lobbyists Code of Conduct replaced the Queensland Contact with Lobbyists Code and supplements the provisions of the Integrity Act 2009 relating to lobbyists.

The purpose of the code is to provide standards of conduct for lobbyists designed to ensure that contact between lobbyists and government representatives is carried out in accordance with public expectations of transparency and integrity.

Now that the code has been approved it is necessary for lobbyists to comply with it.

The Integrity Commissioner intends to review the code in the first half of 2011.

Members of the public and interested parties, including lobbyists and government representatives, will be invited to comment on possible amendments to its contents.

As required under the Act, the Integrity Commissioner will also consult with the parliamentary Integrity, Ethics and Parliamentary Privileges Committee about the content of the code. Last update: 10 November, 2010

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WEST AUSTRALIA STATE GOVERNMENT:

https://secure.dpc.wa.gov.au/lobbyistsregister/

Register of Lobbyists

Towards the end of 2006, the Western Australian Government decided to establish a code of conduct for contact between lobbyists and government representatives, including a ‘Register of Lobbyists’.

The purpose of the Register is to provide information to the public, as well as the Government, on who is engaged in lobbying activities with Government and whom lobbyists represent in their dealings with Government.

To find out more about the Register, who needs to register, how to register and the ‘Contact with Lobbyists Code’, or to look at the Register, use the links on the left hand side of this page. Page last revised: 5 October 2010

Contact With Lobbyists Code Preamble

Free and open access to the institutions of government is a vital element of our democracy.

Lobbyists can enhance the strength of our democracy by assisting individuals and organisations with advice on public policy processes and facilitating contact with relevant Government Representatives.

In performing this role, there is a public expectation that Lobbyists will be individuals of strong moral calibre who operate according the highest standards of professional conduct. The Government has established the Contact with Lobbyists Code to ensure that contact between Lobbyists and Government Representatives is conducted in accordance with public expectations of transparency, integrity and honesty.

Application

2.1 The Contact with Lobbyists Code has application through the Codes of Conduct of public sector bodies.

2.2 The Contact with Lobbyists Code creates no obligation for a Government Representative to have contact with a particular Lobbyist or Lobbyists in general.

2.3 The Contact with Lobbyists Code does not serve to restrict contact in situations where the law requires a Government Representative to take account of the views advanced by a person who may be a Lobbyist. Definitions “Lobbyist” means a person, body corporate, unincorporated association, partnership or firm whose business includes being contracted or engaged to represent the interests of a third party to a Government Representative.

“Lobbyist” does not include:

(a) an association or organisation constituted to represent the interests of its members;

(b) a religious or charitable organisation; or

(c) an entity or person whose business is a recognised technical or professional occupation which, as part of the services provided to third parties in the course of that occupation, represents the views of the third party who has engaged it to provide their technical or professional services.

“Lobbyist’s Details” means the information described under clause

5.1. “Government Representative” means a Minister, Parliamentary Secretary, Ministerial Staff Member or person employed, contracted or engaged by a public sector agency.

“Ministerial Staff Member” means a person employed under section 68 of the Public Sector Management Act 1994; a person seconded to a Ministerial office under section 66 of the Public Sector Management Act 1994; or a person otherwise placed, contracted or engaged in a Ministerial office.

Contact between Lobbyists and Government Representatives 4.1

A Government Representative shall not at any time permit lobbying by:

(a) a Lobbyist who is not on the Register of Lobbyists;

(b) any employee, contractor or person engaged by a Lobbyist to carry out lobbying activities whose name does not appear in the Lobbyist’s Details noted on the Register of Lobbyists in connection with the Lobbyist;

(c) any Lobbyist or employee, contractor or person engaged by a Lobbyist to carry out lobbying activities who, in the opinion of the Government Representative, has failed to observe any of the requirements of clause 4.3.

4.2 Contact with a Government Representative for the purposes of lobbying activities by a Lobbyist includes:

(a) telephone contact;

(b) electronic mail contact;

(c) written mail contact; and

(d) face to face meetings.

4.3 When making an initial contact with a Government Representative about a particular issue on behalf of a third party for whom the Lobbyist has provided paid or unpaid services, the Lobbyist must inform the Government Representative:

(a) that they are a Lobbyist or employee, contractor or person otherwise engaged by the Lobbyist who is currently listed on the Register of Lobbyists;

(b) that they are making the contact on behalf of a third party;

(c) the name of the third party; and

(d) the nature of that third party’s issue. Register of Lobbyists

5.1 There shall be a Register of Lobbyists which shall contain the following information: (a) the business registration details of the Lobbyist, including names of owners, partners or major shareholders as applicable;

(b) the names and positions of persons employed, contracted or otherwise engaged by the Lobbyist to carry out lobbying activities;

(c) the names of third parties for whom the Lobbyist is currently retained to provide paid or unpaid services as a Lobbyist; and

(d) the names of persons for whom the Lobbyist has provided paid or unpaid services as a Lobbyist during the previous three months.

5.2 A Lobbyist wishing to have contact with a Government Representative for the purposes of lobbying activities may apply to the Public Sector Commissioner to have their Lobbyist’s Details recorded in the Register of Lobbyists.

5.3 The Lobbyist shall submit updated Lobbyist’s Details to the Public Sector Commissioner in the event of any change to the Lobbyist’s Details.

5.4 The Lobbyist shall provide to the Public Sector Commissioner within 10 business days of each of 30 March, 30 June, 30 September and 30 December each year a confirmation that their Lobbyists Details are up to date.

5.5 The registration of a Lobbyist shall lapse if a confirmation is not provided to the Public Sector Commissioner by the dates referred to under clause 5.4. Access to the Register of Lobbyists

6.1 The Register of Lobbyists shall be a public document.

6.2 The Public Sector Commissioner shall ensure that the Register of Lobbyists is readily accessible to members of the public. Principles of Engagement with Government Representatives

7.1 Lobbyists shall observe the following principles when engaging with Government Representatives:

(a) Lobbyists shall not engage in any conduct that is corrupt, dishonest, or illegal, or cause or threaten any detriment;

(b) Lobbyists shall use all reasonable endeavours to satisfy themselves of the truth and accuracy of all statements and information provided to parties whom they represent, the wider public, governments and agencies;

(c) Lobbyists shall not make misleading, exaggerated or extravagant claims about, or otherwise misrepresent, the nature or extent of their access to institutions of government or to political parties or to persons in those institutions; and

(d) Lobbyists shall keep strictly separate from their duties and activities as Lobbyists any personal activity or involvement on behalf of a political party.

Registration The Public Sector Commissioner may at his or her discretion:

1) refuse to accept an application to be placed on the Register of Lobbyists; and

2) remove from the Register of Lobbyists the details of a Lobbyist if, in the opinion of the Public Sector Commissioner,

(a) any prior or current conduct of the Lobbyist or his employee, contractor or person otherwise engaged to provide lobbying services for the Lobbyist has contravened any of the terms of this Code; or

(b) any prior or current conduct of the Lobbyist or association of the Lobbyist with another person or organisation is considered to be inconsistent with general standards of ethical conduct; or

(c) the registration details of the Lobbyist are inaccurate; or

(d) not confirmed in accordance with the requirements of clause 5.4; or (e) there are other reasonable grounds for doing so. Last amended: 28 November 2008 _______________________________________________________________________

SOUTH AUSTRALIA STATE GOVERNMENT:

http://lobbyists.pmc.gov.au/

In 2008 the Australian Government introduced a Lobbying Code of Conduct and established a Register of Lobbyists to ensure that contact between lobbyists and Commonwealth Government representatives is conducted in accordance with public expectations of transparency, integrity and honesty.

Any lobbyist who acts on behalf of third-party clients for the purposes of lobbying Government representatives must be registered on the Register of Lobbyists and must comply with the requirements of the Lobbying Code of Conduct.

The public Register of Lobbyists contains the following information about lobbyists who make representations to Government on behalf of their third-party clients: the business registration details and trading names of each lobbying entity including, where the business is not a publicly listed company, the names of owners, partners or major shareholders, as applicable; the names and positions of persons employed, contracted or otherwise engaged by the lobbying entity to carry out lobbying activities; and the names of clients on whose behalf the lobbying entity conducts lobbying activities.

Consistent with the Government’s commitment to keep the Code and Register under review, the Cabinet Secretary, Senator the Hon Joe Ludwig, has released a discussion paper to invite feedback on possible reforms. Comments were sought by 30 September 2010. See also: Who needs to Register How to Register For Registered Lobbyists ___________________________________________

TASMANIA STATE GOVERNMENT:

http://lobbyists.dpac.tas.gov.au/

Register of Lobbyists The Register of Lobbyists contains the following information about lobbyists who make representations to the Tasmanian Government on behalf of their clients:

Business registration details and trading names of each lobbyist including where the business is not a publicly listed company, the names of owners, partners or major shareholders, as applicable.

Names and positions of people employed, contracted or otherwise engaged by the lobbyist to carry out lobbying activities.

Names of clients for whom the lobbyist conducts lobbying activities.

From 1 September 2009, any lobbyist who wishes to contact a Tasmanian Government representative for the purpose of lobbying activities must be registered and must agree to comply with the requirements of the Lobbying Code of Conduct.

Lobbying Code of Conduct

Download the Tasmanian Government Lobbying Code of Conduct as a PDF (PDF, 131KB)

1. Preamble

1.1 Ethical lobbying is a legitimate activity and an important part of the democratic process. Lobbyists can help individuals and organisations communicate their views on matters of public interest to the Government and Parliament and, in doing so, improve outcomes for the community as a whole.

1.2 In performing this role, there is a public expectation that lobbying activities will be carried out ethically and transparently, and that Government representatives or Members of Parliament who are approached by lobbyists can establish whose interests they represent so that informed judgments can be made about the outcome they are seeking to achieve.

1.3 The Lobbying Code of Conduct is intended to promote trust in the integrity of government processes and ensure that contact between lobbyists and Government representatives is conducted in accordance with public expectations of transparency, integrity and honesty.

1.4 Lobbyists and Government representatives are expected to comply with the requirements of the Lobbying Code of Conduct to ensure high standards of professional conduct and to facilitate open and transparent government.

2. Application

2.1 The Lobbying Code of Conduct applies in conjunction with the Tasmanian Government Members Handbook and any other relevant codes.

2.2 The Lobbying Code of Conduct creates no obligation on the part of a Government representative to have contact with a particular lobbyist or lobbyists in general.

2.3 The Lobbying Code of Conduct does not operate to restrict contact with Government representatives where the law requires a Government representative to take account of the views advanced by a person who may be a lobbyist.

3. Definitions “Client”, in relation to a lobbyist, means an individual, association, organisation or business who has:

(a) engaged a lobbyist on a retainer to make representations to Government representatives; or

(b) in the previous three months, engaged a lobbyist to make representations to Government representatives, whether paid or unpaid. “Communications with a Government representative” includes oral, written and electronic communications. “Government representative” means a Minister, a Parliamentary Secretary, a Member of Parliament of the political party (or parties) that constitute the Executive Government of the day, a person employed as a Ministerial adviser, or a Head of Agency appointed under the State Service Act 2000.

“Lobbying activities” are communications with a Government representative in an effort to influence Government decision-making, including the making or amendment of legislation, the development or amendment of a Government policy or program, the awarding of a Government contract or grant or the allocation of funding, but does not include:

(a) communications with a committee of the Parliament;

(b) communications with a Minister or Parliamentary Secretary in his or her capacity as a local Member of Parliament in relation to non-ministerial responsibilities;

(c) communications in response to a call for submissions;

(d) petitions or communications of a grassroots campaign nature in an attempt to influence a Government policy or decision;

(e) communications in response to a request for tender;

(f) statements made in a public forum; or (g) responses to requests by Government representatives for information.

“Lobbyist” means any person, company or organisation who conducts lobbying activities on behalf of a third party client or whose employees conduct lobbying activities on behalf of a third party client, but does not include:

(a) charitable, religious and other organisations or funds that are endorsed as deductible gift recipients;

(b) non-profit associations or organisations constituted to represent the interests of their members that are not endorsed as deductible gift recipients;

(c) professional associations, guilds, trade or union bodies who represent a class of professions, tradespersons, employers or other workforce entities;

(d) individuals making representations on behalf of relatives or friends about their personal affairs;

(e) members of trade delegations visiting Tasmania;

(f) persons who are registered under an Australian Government scheme regulating the activities of members of that profession, such as registered tax agents, Customs brokers, company auditors and liquidators, provided that their dealings with Government representatives are part of the normal day to day work of people in that profession; and

(g) members of professions, such as doctors, lawyers or accountants, and other service providers, who make occasional representations to Government on behalf of others in a way that is incidental to the provision to them of their professional or other services.

However, if a significant or regular part of the services offered by a person employed or engaged by a professional practice or other service provider involves lobbying activities on behalf of clients of that practice or service, the practice or service provider and the person offering those services must register and identify the clients for whom they carry out lobbying activities.

For the avoidance of doubt, this code does not apply to any person, company or organisation, or the employees of such company or organisation, engaging in lobbying activities on their own behalf rather than for a client, and does not require any such person, company or organisation to be recorded in the Register of Lobbyists unless that person, company or organisation or its employees also engage in lobbying activities on behalf of a client.

“Lobbyist’s details” means the information described under clause 5.1. ”

Secretary” means the Secretary, Department of the Premier and Cabinet.

4. No contact between Government representatives and unregistered lobbyists 4.1 A Government representative shall not knowingly and intentionally be a party to lobbying activities by:

(a) a lobbyist who is not on the Register of Lobbyists;

(b) an employee of a lobbyist, or a contractor or person engaged by a lobbyist to carry out lobbying activities whose name does not appear in the lobbyist’s details noted on the Register of Lobbyists in connection with the lobbyist; or

(c) a lobbyist or an employee of a lobbyist, or a contractor or person engaged by a lobbyist to carry out lobbying activities who, in the opinion of the Government representative, has failed to observe any of the requirements of clause 8.1(e).

5. Register of Lobbyists

5.1 There shall be a Register of Lobbyists that shall contain the following information:

(a) in the case of a person, company or organisation that conducts lobbying activities, or whose employees conduct lobbying activities with a Government representative on behalf of a client:

(i) business registration details, including trading names, of the lobbyist including, where the business is not a publicly listed company, the names of owners, partners or major shareholders, as applicable;

(ii) names and positions of persons employed, contracted or otherwise engaged by the lobbyist to carry out lobbying activities;

(iii) subject to clause 5.2, the names of clients on whose behalf the lobbyist conducts lobbying activities; and

(iv) contact details of the person or company or organisation that conducts the lobbying activities: such as name, address, telephone number, facsimile, email and web address.

5.2 A lobbyist is not required to list a body corporate as a client on the register if disclosure of the lobbyist’s relationship with the body corporate might result in speculation about a pending transaction involving the body corporate and that transaction has not previously been disclosed by the body corporate in accordance with its continuous disclosure obligations under Chapter 6CA of the Corporations Act 2001.

Where the lobbyist relies on this clause, they must advise any Government representative they are lobbying of such reliance and also the anticipated date when they will add their client to the register and the lobbyist must add the name of their client to the register promptly once the market sensitivity has passed.

5.3 A lobbyist wishing to conduct lobbying activities with a Government representative must apply to the Secretary to have his or her details recorded in the Register of Lobbyists.

5.4 The lobbyist shall submit updated details to the Secretary in the event of any change to their details as soon as practicable but no more than 10 business days after the change occurs.

5.5 The lobbyist shall provide to the Secretary within 10 business days of 30 June and 31 December of each year, confirmation that the lobbyist’s details are up to date.

5.6 The lobbyist shall provide to the Secretary, within 10 business days of 30 June each year, statutory declarations for all persons employed, contracted or otherwise engaged by the lobbyist to carry out lobbying activities on behalf of a client, as required under clause 10.1.

5.7 The registration of a lobbyist shall lapse if the confirmations and updated statutory declarations are not provided to the Secretary within the time frames specified in clauses 5.5 and 5.6. 6. Access to the Register of Lobbyists

6.1 The Register of Lobbyists shall be a public document that is published on the website of the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

7. Prohibition on lobbying activities

7.1 Persons who, after 1 September 2009, retire from office as a Minister or a Parliamentary Secretary, shall not, for a period of 12 months after they cease to hold office, engage in lobbying activities relating to any matter that they had official dealings with in their last 12 months in office.

7.2 Persons who were, after 1 September 2009, employed as a Head of Agency under the State Service Act 2000 shall not, for a period of 12 months after they cease their employment, engage in lobbying activities relating to any matter that they had official dealings with in their last 12 months of employment.

8. Principles of engagement with Government representatives

8.1 Lobbyists shall observe the following principles when engaging with Government representatives:

(a) lobbyists shall not engage in any conduct that is corrupt, dishonest or illegal, or unlawfully cause or threaten any detriment;

(b) lobbyists shall use all reasonable endeavours to satisfy themselves of the truth and accuracy of all statements and information provided by them to clients whom they represent, the wider public and Government representatives;

(c) lobbyists shall not make misleading, exaggerated or extravagant claims about, or otherwise misrepresent, the nature or extent of their access to Government representatives, members of political parties or to any other person;

(d) lobbyists shall keep strictly separate from their duties and activities as lobbyists any personal activity or involvement on behalf of a political party; and

(e) when making initial contact with Government representatives with the intention of conducting lobbying activities, lobbyists who are proposing to conduct lobbying activities on behalf of clients must inform the Government representatives:

(i) that they are lobbyists or employees of, or contractors or persons engaged by, lobbyists;

(ii) whether they are currently listed on the Register of Lobbyists;

(iii) the name of their relevant client or clients, including a client whose identity is not required to be made public under clause 5.2; and

(iv) the nature of the matters that their clients wish them to raise with Government representatives.

9. Reporting breaches of the code

9.1 A Government representative who becomes aware of a breach of this code by a lobbyist shall report details of the breach to the Secretary.

10. Registration

10.1 The Secretary shall not include on the register the name of an individual unless the individual provides a statutory declaration to the effect that he or she:

(a) has never been sentenced to a term of imprisonment of 24 months or more, and

(b) has not been convicted, as an adult, in the last 10 years, of an offence involving dishonesty or any crime as defined by section 1 of the Criminal Code Act 1924. 10.2

The Secretary may remove a lobbyist or a person who is an employee of a lobbyist, or a contractor or person engaged by a lobbyist from the Register of Lobbyists if, in the opinion of the Secretary:

(a) the conduct of the lobbyist or of the employee, the contractor or person engaged by the lobbyist to provide lobbying services for the lobbyist has contravened any of the terms of this code;

(b) the registration details of the lobbyist are inaccurate;

(c) the lobbyist fails to answer questions within a reasonable period of time relating to the lobbyist’s details on the Register or the lobbyist’s lobbying activities (in particular questions relating to allegations of breaches of the code) or provides inaccurate information in response to those questions; or

(d) the registration details have not been confirmed in accordance with the requirements of clauses 5.5 and 5.6. 10.3

The Secretary shall not remove or a person who is an employee of a lobbyist, or a contractor or person engaged by the lobbyist from the Register under clause 10.2, unless the Secretary has advised the lobbyist or the individual concerned of the reasons why he or she proposes to remove the lobbyist or individual concerned from the register and given the lobbyist or individual concerned an opportunity to state why the proposed course of action should not be followed.

10.4 The Secretary:

(a) must not register a lobbyist, a person who is an employee of a lobbyist or a contractor or person engaged by a lobbyist if the Premier, in his or her absolute discretion, directs the Secretary not to register the lobbyist or the individual, and

(b) must remove from the register a lobbyist or a person who is an employee of a lobbyist or a contractor or person engaged by a lobbyist from the register if the Premier, in his or her absolute discretion, directs the Secretary to remove the lobbyist or the individual from the register.

10.5 The Premier shall not issue a direction under clause 10.4 to the Secretary unless the Premier has advised the lobbyist or the individual concerned of the reasons why he or she proposes to issue the direction and given the lobbyist or the individual concerned an opportunity to state why the direction should not be issued. ______________________________________________________________________________________

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY:

As of 5 June 2011, cannot access any information which confirms the requirement for a ‘Code of Conduct’ for Lobbyists, or a ‘Register of Lobbyists’.

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NORTHERN TERRITORY STATE GOVERNMENT:

As of 5 June 2011, cannot access any information which confirms the requirement for a ‘Code of Conduct’ for Lobbyists, or a ‘Register of Lobbyists’.

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Information complied by:

Penny Bright ‘Anti-corruption campaigner’

Attendee: Australian Public Sector Anti-Corruption Conference 2009

Attendee: Transparency International 14th International Anti-Corruption Conference 2010.

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