Summarised by Centrist
Bryce Edwards examines the role of lobbyists in shaping Christopher Luxon’s National-led government.
Edwards reckons the involvement of lobbyist Wayne Eagleson, from Thompson Lewis, in staffing the new government’s Beehive offices is part of a trend in political influence.
This practice, often termed the ‘revolving door’ between public and private sectors, brings about questions of transparency, accountability and potential conflicts of interest.
The Ministry of Justice is researching regulatory measures to address these concerns, with a focus on preventing misuse of information and ensuring fair access in political lobbying.
Edwards says proposals for stricter lobbying regulations, including a mandatory stand-down period for former ministers and a compulsory lobbyist register, is a significant step towards reforming New Zealand’s political lobbying framework.