MP Monique Ryan wants tougher laws around lobbying of politicians, saying current guidelines are ‘toothless and ineffective’

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Crossbenchers are calling for an urgent crackdown on political lobbyists as a report emerged that the cabinet minister Michelle Rowland was “wined and dined” by gambling lobbyists on her birthday last year.

The teal MP and member for Kooyong, Monique Ryan, introduced a private member’s bill on Monday morning to “clean up politics” by enforcing stronger rules and more transparency around lobbying, as well as making ministers’ diaries publicly available.

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