The contagion of political donations and lobbying has led to numerous inquiries across Australia. In a political spectacle never witnessed before, legislators were hauled in front of the public to answer uncomfortable questions about why they’d wined and dined with industry officials, or knowingly accepted donations from banned donors. No more present has the influence of industry groups been on the political process than in Queensland, as lobbyists descend en masse to push for CSG and mining license expansion. Graham Readfearn has authored a report for The Australia Institute detailing how the coal and gas industry bend the political process in Queensland.
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