The State Secretary of the Victorian Greens who recently worked in Adam Bandt’s office has joined Australia’s most conservative lobbying company Gavin Anderson in Canberra in order to sell her Green relationships to some of Australia’s largest miners and corporations.
Hayley Conway was Secretary of the Greens during the recent Federal Election and with help from the largest private corporate donation in Australian history was involved in electing Victoria’s first Green Members of both the Lower and Upper Houses.
She immediately obtained taxpayer work with Adam Bandt to set up his office and after doing so has now rushed to cash in on her unique relationship with Mr Bandt and the Greens.
She has this week sought and obtained employment with Gavin Anderson who are no doubt keen to offer a Green lobbying option for its blue chip clients which include mining giant BHP-Billiton, oil producer PTT, Onesteel, Cement Australia, Bluescope, the casino industryâ€™s Australian Gaming Association and the rent-seekers at Better Place, which hopes to build a national chain of convenience stores with taxpayer money.
Recently Bluescope and Onesteel retained Gavin Anderson to destroy the ETS through a massive lobbying campaign. Something the Greens helped deliver for the miners by blocking the legislation in the Senate, incidentally whilew its self described adviser on the legislation Brian Walters was buying up industrial properties in the Coal rich Rockhampton area.
While Bob Brown has sought to criminalise Ministerial Advisers who leave their taxpayer roles to go to lobbying firms within two years through his introduction of the Lobbying and Ministerial Accountability Bill (attached), apparently just a lazy summer break is all that is required for Green staffers to set up a Green MPâ€™s office and then head off to get paid to lobby Mr Bandt and his soon to be Victorian Senate comrade Richard Di Natale.
Gavin Anderson were recently excoriated by the Australian for their conduct in support of global pharmaceutical giant Merck during the trial in Melbourne over Merck. This included spying on journalist notepads and even following them as they went to the toilet.
VEXNEWS understands that some lobbyists in Canberra, at firms like Gavin Anderson, can earn as much as $500,000 per annum.