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Real lobbyists do not oppose reforms for all

Recent stories of parliamentarians reportedly agreeing to be paid by journalists posing as lobbyists (News, June 3) raise difficult questions about our political system.

In framing its response, the Government needs to remember that the only "lobbyists" involved in these scandals are fake ones.

Genuine lobbyists do not pay politicians – they are not allowed to under our code of conduct.

If the Government is serious about "reform", it should not hide behind the smokescreen of blaming the public affairs industry.

We do not oppose a statutory register of lobbyists, provided the Government is equally serious about reforming the institutions that we seek to influence.

FRANCIS INGHAM

Director general, Public Relations Consultants Association

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