23 Mar 2023

Technology, pharma industries, energy companies using lobbying firms

From Morning Report, 7:10 am on 23 March 2023

Tech giants, the pharmaceutical industry and multinational energy companies are using local lobbying firms to gain access to senior ministers and sensitive government information. 

Cases uncovered in an RNZ investigation include a lobbyist asking for a section of bill to be deleted.

A lobbyist working for Google texted an advisor to the Minister of Internal Affairs and managed to find out when a paper on internet content regulation was going to Cabinet.

Guyon Espiner has been investigating.