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Lobbyist Register and Code of Conduct.



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SENATOR THE HON JOHN FAULKNER

Special Minister of State

Media Release

15/2008 13 May 2008

Cabinet Secretary, Senator John Faulkner, today announced in a Ministerial Statement that the Government has adopted a Lobbying Code of Conduct and established a Register of Lobbyists.

Senator Faulkner released an exposure draft of the Lobbying Code of Conduct for public comment on 2 April 2008. Twenty- eight submissions were received and amendments were made to strengthen the code.

The Register will be fully operational from 1 July 2008. From that date, lobbyists who represent third parties will need to be on the Register or they will not be able to lobby Government representatives - Ministers, Parliamentary Secretaries, ministerial staff, Australian Public Service employees and members of the Australian Defence Force.

It will not, however, confer a right of access by lobbyists to Ministers and other Government representatives.

The register and code are another step in restoring integrity of process to Government in Australia.

Senator Faulkner said that lobbyists will be able to use the seven weeks between now and the commencement of the Register to apply to the Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet to have their details included on the Register.

Applications can be made online at www.pmc.gov.au/lobbyistsregister.

Copies of Senator Faulkner’s statement and the Lobbying Code are available www.pmc.gov.au/lobbyistsregister.

Lobbyist Register and Code of Conduct

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