Today the IPA is releasing a new paper of mine: The Biggest Vested Interest of All: How Government Lobbies to Restrict Individual Rights and Freedom.
The Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan wrote in The Monthly in March 2012 that: “Australia’s fair go is today under threat from a new source. To be blunt, the rising power of vested interests is undermining our equality and threatening our democracy.”
But not all vested interests are private corporations.
This paper draws attention to two statutory agencies of the Commonwealth Government that have an explicit, legislatively-defined functions to lobby and advocate for public policy change – the Australian National Preventive Health Agency and the Australian Human Rights Commission.
These two agencies are effectively taxpayer funded lobbyists, embedded in the public policy process, enjoying privileged access to the institutions of government.
Both of these agencies are highly ideological. The Human Rights Commission pushes a distorted idea of human rights, which FreedomWatch has been documenting over recent months . The Preventive Health Agency gives paternalistic policies an institutional foundation: an advocate for the Nanny State in the corridors of power and a body that is likely to remain with us indefinitely.
Here’s the press release we sent out this morning about it.