Quizzically Musing

Watching the madness

Who do we want running the country?

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Katharine Murphy writes a very interesting piece on the increase in “influence peddlers” in today’s edition of The Age.

We all know there are lobbyists.  They’ve probably been around as long as politicians in one form or another.  It does seem the whole thing is just getting a bit out of hand.  It is the PEOPLE who should have access to politicians, not highly paid representatives of interest groups.  The people never get a look-in.

I am not considering the sides to any debate here, I am only considering the influences on those debates.  Australia has long been a country that has been good at saying “only in America” about anything we thought “too American”, yet as time goes on we seem to adopt more and more American trends.  While we may not yet sue for a hot coffee, we have certainly become more litigious.  Now we seem to be lobbying our little hearts out in a similar style to the USA, or at least heading in that direction.

Katharine’s article is a must read for any Australian that is concerned about where this country is headed.  For our children and our children’s children.

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Written by Robyn Dunphy

April 16, 2011 at 9:07 pm

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  1. Well, a country’s development and success is not associated with its foreign policy? The lobbyists are indirectly raising the country’s interests and image in other countries by making certain treaties a reality. So it will have a domestic interests too because it is linked to the country’s development, eh?

    Jithin

    April 20, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    • The question is more about do you want big business running your country by influencing politicians or not? Personally, I don’t, as often their interests conflict with the interests of the people.

      Team Oyeniyi

      April 21, 2011 at 7:47 am

  2. It may not be good for your country. However you need to consider the necessity of other countries especially regarding the U.S. lobbyists. They served a great deal for making the nuclear agreement between U.S. and India a reality.

    Jithin

    April 16, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    • I see that as falling into the area of international diplomacy, not domestic politics, which is where the focus is in this instance. Thanks for reading.

      Team Oyeniyi

      April 16, 2011 at 9:53 pm


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