Political lobbying can be high-profile or less prominent. Last Wednesday I was in the Senate Courtyard as part of the supporting cast in a lower-profile activity, writes John Warhurst in the Sydney Morning Herald.
Hands Off Our Charities (HOOC), representing more than 160 non-government organisations across the social and political spectrum, is campaigning against proposed federal government legislation which will have the effect not just of weakening their voice in public debates but also undermining their core strength.
The membership of HOOC includes a broad range of social and economic NGOs on the centre-left of the spectrum, including peak bodies like the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) and the Australian Council for International Development as well as the Australian branches of international organisations like Oxfam, Greenpeace, World Wildlife Fund, Save the Children, Amnesty International and CARE. It also includes the Uniting Church in Australia, Anglicare and Caritas Australia, the Catholic Church’s international aid and development agency.
This sausage sizzle event, chaired by the Caritas CEO, brought together leaders of ACOSS, Amnesty International and Farmers for Climate Change to present a submission to three parliamentarians, Andrew Leigh, Rachel Siewert and Rex Patrick representing Labor, the Greens and the NXT respectively. Should each of these parties vote against the legislation they would be just short of a Senate majority to block the legislation.
Is such lobbying by largely ‘outsider’ NGOs, as represented by HOOC, effective?
Ultimately the success or otherwise of the HOOC campaign may hinge on the ability of the 160 NGOs to galvanise the support and enthusiasm of their own members and supporters for this campaign.
Is political lobbying by ‘outsider’ NGOs, as represented by HOOC, effective? (Sydney Morning Herald)
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