4 Apr 2023

Chris Hipkins on proposed lobbying changes

From Morning Report, 7:09 am on 4 April 2023

Prime Minister Chris Hipkins has written to the speaker asking for all lobbyists to lose their swipe card access to parliament, and it will also ask third-party firms to sign up to a voluntary code of conduct.

A refreshed Cabinet Manual will also be published later this month, setting new expectations for ministers in relation to their conduct and decisions when considering future employment.

The moves come after reporting by RNZ, revealing the revolving door between government and lobbying firms.

Hipkins has fallen short of suggesting legislative changes to keep an eye on lobbying, but says that could come eventually.

Hipkins spoke to Guyon Espiner.