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‘Toothless and ineffectual’: Lobbying crackdown to be put to parliament

A sweeping plan to crack down on lobbyists will be put to federal parliament on Monday in a bid to force firms to reveal meetings with politicians and stop former ministers moving swiftly from government positions into lucrative private jobs in the same portfolio.

Warning about a loss of trust in government, independent MP Monique Ryan will seek support for the draft law to tighten the lobbying rules and force much greater disclosure on federal ministers, including the release of diaries to show who they meet.

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