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Corruption watchdog publishes report on Queensland government lobbying

A report by the Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission suggests that the risk of corruption within the state government had “intensified” amid a wave of lobbies.

It found that a small number of key groups and individuals appeared to have a “disproportionate amount of access” to government and could use those relationships to “influence government decisions.”

“In some cases, the individuals or groups who have been granted access have long-standing and close political or personal ties to the decision-makers or government they seek to influence,” the report published Friday said.

“Further, in some circumstances, these individuals have been engaged by a political party or government agency while still involved in influencing practices such as lobbying.”

Meanwhile, the report, Influencing Practices in Queensland, also found that there was a “significant increase” in lobbying activity in the state.

“The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated economic recovery efforts appear to have contributed to the recent surge in lobbying activity in Queensland,” the report said.

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