Essential Report

Lobbyist register

Oct 15, 2013

Q. Currently the only requirement for lobbying politicians in Australia is that professional lobbyists must register if they intend to lobby ministers or senior public servants.

Would you support the following reforms:

 

Total

Support

Total

Oppose

Strongly support

Support

Oppose

Strongly oppose

Don’t know

extending the Lobbyist Register to all MPs, not just ministers

54%

8%

24%

30%

6%

2%

37%

requiring ministers and shadow ministers to publicly reveal everyone they meet other than constituents 

56%

10%

23%

33%

8%

2%

34%

banning former ministers and senior officials from lobbying in their former portfolio area for 5 years

51%

9%

22%

29%

8%

1%

39%

The majority of people support each of the reforms listed. The highest level of support was for ministers and shadow ministers to publicly reveal everyone they meet other than constituents (56%).

There were very low levels of opposition to each of these reforms, but a significant proportion of people selected don’t know (between 34-39% for each reform).

There were no significant differences in the level of support for these reforms based on voting intention.

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