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The proliferation of lobbying, the loopholes that allow conflict of interests, and the lack of rigorous regulation and oversight make it impossible to calculate just how much money the taxpayer loses when officials decide to put their self-interest ahead of public duty.
Coming soon – keep watching
Political $ystems smell of
Ex Government employees, ex Ministers, ex Politicians lurking and sliding through the backrooms of State and Federal Parliament. Political donations have moved beyond the family’s love and support of an ideology Left or Right Liberal or Labor. Big money Big players. Greed and Power rule.
Mr Ferguson accepted a role as chairman of an advisory board of the gas and oil industry’s peak body, the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association.
The association’s website acknowledges its status as a lobby group, saying it “works with Australian governments to help promote the development of the nation’s oil and gas resources in a manner that maximises the return to the Australian industry and community”. Its board includes representatives from Australia’s largest oil and gas companies including resources giants BHP Billiton, Origin Energy and Shell.
Mr Ferguson has taken a newly-created position of chairman of the association’s advisory board.
The association’s chairman, David Knox, says of Martin Ferguson, who served as energy minister for over five years: “There are few people in Australia with such a comprehensive understanding of Australia’s oil and gas industry.”
He says as chairman of the advisory board, Mr Ferguson will be responsible for “providing strategic advice” to the chair, board and chief executive of the association.
Both sides play the greed card
Political $ystems smell of
Liberal Andrew Robb took $880k China job as soon as he left Parliament
Former Australian trade minister Andrew Robb walked straight out of Parliament last year and into an $880,000-a-year job with a billionaire closely aligned to the Chinese Communist Party and its key trade policy.
Mr Ye is the owner of Landbridge, which controversially acquired the 99-year lease for the Port of Darwin in 2015. He is also a member of the national Chinese People’s Consultative Committee, an advisory body that President Xi Jinping has directed to “uphold the CPC [Chinese Communist Party] leadership without wavering”