This was the same firm that Robb had publicly defended when it controversially acquired a 99-year lease for the Port of Darwin in 2015.
Two years after clinching a historic free trade deal with Beijing, former trade minister Andrew Robb has become a “high-level economic consultant” with the Chinese company that now operates Darwin Port.
Lobbyist rule-breakers uncounted and unpunished, audit find
Intense lobbying by Liberal and National MPs forced the government to back down from attempts to stop potentially unlawful clearing in Queensland, according to freedom of information documents obtained by the Guardian. Two months after asking 51 landholders to explain why the clearances were not unlawful, the federal environment department sent a letter to the same landholders expressing “deep regret” for any distress caused. The sharp U-turn in 2016 exposes the Coalition’s involvement in the full-blown land-clearing crisis that threatens to devastate trees, plants and wildlife in the eastern states
Discover the extent to which big business has sought to bend the will of the body politic by directly influencing the formation of government policy.
Political lobbyists have repeatedly broken the rules meant to govern their backroom efforts to influence policymakers in Canberra – but it appears none have been suspended or deregistered as a result.
The Auditor-General’s Office has itself identified at least 11 breaches over the past five years. Each time the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet had “conducted an assessment and taken steps” to address the breach.
Earlier in the year, it was reported that former federal trade minister Andrew Robb walked straight out of his ministerial position in July 2016 to take up a lucrative position as a “high-level consultant” for Chinese-owned company Landbridge.
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