Principles of lobbying in a formal meeting

By Dr Joan Staples


Seeing your local MP, a senior government official, a Minister or corporate CEO to represent your organisation in a formal meeting may seem difficult for the first time.  Here are a few simple points that may help.  As you become more experienced, you will gain confidence to adjust these to fit different situations. Continue reading


Freedom of Political Communication in Australia

With current attacks on the NGO sector it is worth revisiting some of the important writing that was produced about the AidWatch case. George Williams and other constitutional experts discuss its significance, while James Goodman from AidWatch details the campaign and its strategies. Continue reading

Attacks on NGOs are a threat to our democracy

By Dr Joan Staples
July 2014

The Federal Council of the Liberal Party, Federal Ministers, Coalition MPs, the Minerals Council of Australia and representatives from the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) are targeting the advocacy role of Australia’s environmental NGOs.  In recent weeks, there have been calls for the removal of tax deductible status for these NGOs, and for changes to the Competition and Consumer Act and the Corporations Act to restrict their advocacy. Continue reading