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Integrity Commission calls for input on lobbying in Tasmania study

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TAKE PART: The Integrity Commission wants people to have input into a study on lobbying in Tasmania.

TAKE PART: The Integrity Commission wants people to have input into a study on lobbying in Tasmania.

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The Integrity Commission wants people to have input into a study on lobbying in Tasmania.

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The Integrity Commission is urging readers of The Senior to take part in a review of Tasmania's lobbying system.

Lobbying is the process of seeking to influence government decision making on behalf of special interests.

Oversight of lobbying through tools such as a publicly available lobbyist register can be a way of increasing transparency and accountability.

Integrity Commission Chief Commissioner Greg Melick said he was interested to hear people's experiences of lobbying and their thoughts on Tasmania's current model of lobbying oversight.

"You may be a lobbyist or someone who has been lobbied, or have been affected by public decision-making that resulted from lobbying. We are hoping to hear from anyone who has an interest in this vital democratic process," he said.

Tasmania's existing lobbying oversight system was established in 2009 and is administered by the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

It includes the Tasmanian Lobbyist Register and a Lobbying Code of Conduct.

"It is the perfect time for this review, as responsibility for administering the existing Tasmanian Lobbyist Register and the associated Lobbying Code of Conduct will transfer from the Department of Premier and Cabinet to the Integrity Commission in July," Mr Melick said.

"The Tasmanian community needs to have confidence that public administration and government decisions are made fairly, transparently, and in the public interest. The submissions we receive will inform recommendations to improve accountability of lobbying practices and associated decision-making within Tasmania.

"Effective regulation increases confidence that no particular individuals or groups exercise undue influence over government."

A consultation paper summarises the relevant issues. The Commission provides a form with discussion prompts to guide submissions which close on June 30.

Click here for more information.

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