Myths & Legends of Lobbying

burke grill charged smallWhen you judge a football code, is your gauge the player who starts bar fights, uses steroids, and is sacked by their club?

Jack Abramoff is not the acme of lobbyists, he’s a crook; Brian Burke is not really a government relations consultant, he’s a corrupter of proper process.

Real lobbyists and government relations consultants help those who can’t deal effectively with Government to get their cause heard.

They do work for Greenpeace, and Rio Tinto, and the local kindergarten; they can help stop bad decisions being made, help offset harmful outcomes, and sometimes help ensure the community gets what it needs.

And you’ll never notice those positive outcomes because they’re not boasted of, nor attributed to the lobbyist – the client gets the credit, and the lobbyist is only mentioned when the outcome or process becomes notorious.

About Mike Smith

Partner in Ethical Consulting Services: www.ethicalconsulting.com; sometime University lecturer; previously Government Relations consultant; before that Labor Party State Secretary in Northern Territory; union advocate with LHMU/United Voice in NT and NSW; hobby – election campaigns!

Posted on October 16, 2014, in Advisors, Democracy, Government Relations, how to lobby, Lobbying and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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