Boundless Lobbyists

Is there any control over lobbying in the Northern Territory? In terms of legislation there is nothing controlling lobbying of politicians in the NT Parliament.

There is the Ministerial Code of Conduct in the Cabinet Handbook (page 27).

https://dcm.nt.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0018/252216/cabinet_handbook_august_2017.pdf

Lobbyists are influence peddlers. The lobbyist has access to the politician and tries to exert influence to either change policy or have new policy implemented.

There seem to be few if any individuals operating privately who are lobbyists in the NT. There are many organizations that do lobby government on behalf of interest groups.

The NT Government needs to legislate in regard to lobbying.

This recent article from the ABC highlights the need for such legislation.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-07-30/education-department-contract-handed-to-friend-of-nt-minister/10049186

Update 1 from Facebook

Yingiya Guyula Mla

14 October at 18:07 ·

No. 428
LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF THE NORTHERN TERRITORY
WRITTEN QUESTION

Mr Guyula to the Minister for Education:

Hilton Hayes Consultancy

Please advise of the details of the Education contract awarded to Hilton Hayes Consultancy:
1. What are the terms and objectives of this project?
2. How do they plan to gather data?
3. What communities in my electorate will they visit?
4. Who will be consulted on the ground? Will interpreters be used?
5. Will Yolŋu community members be employed as part of the project?
6. How will the information be used by the Department of Education?
7. Will there be a public report and when will it made available?

RESPONSE:

  1. The consultant, Mr Hylton Hayes, has advised that he is unable to continue with the contract to complete this project due to unforeseen private family matters.
    The project had been commissioned by the joint school attendance taskforce* to study recent declines in enrolment and attendance in the Arnhem region and was to include analysis of both quantitative and qualitative data across 15 Arnhem schools (12 government and 3 non-government).
    The objectives of this project were to:
    – identify any trends and patterns in the Arnhem schools’ enrolment and attendance data
    – gain community insight behind the recent declines in Arnhem schools
    – provide recommendations to the taskforce to respond to the issues identified as driving the recent declines.
    A copy of the intended Terms of Reference for the project is attached (Attachment A).
    Due to this project being unable to be progressed as had been intended, the taskforce has been undertaking other work to achieve some of the same objectives.
    This has included the establishment of a stakeholder network focused on school engagement to:
    – review system-level and school-level enrolment and attendance data and identify trends
    – provide community insight behind the recent declines in Arnhem schools
    – collectively problem-solve new approaches to school engagement (to be undertaken in five week sprints)
    – review the impact of school-level actions to improve attendance.
    Participants at these forums include community members, school leaders (government and non-government) and representatives from the department, the Commonwealth Government and the Catholic Education Office.
    The department is also currently developing a new terms of reference for the project and a revised scope of requirements will be prepared to reflect current needs and matters outstanding. This will include analysis of the Galiwinku and Maningrida school and community contexts as two deeper case studies. It is anticipated that this project will be a Tier 2 procurement process and normal procurement action will subsequently be undertaken.
    *The joint taskforce is a Northern Territory Government and Commonwealth Government senior officials group which works to identify partnering opportunities to address attendance issues in the Northern Territory through collaborative effort. The group monitors Northern Territory enrolment and attendance data to identify trends of potential concern to enable timely and effective responses.
  2. The scope of the new works is being finalized but it is likely that data analysis will be primarily conducted utilising existing datasets held by the department pertaining to enrolment and attendance, including:
    – Enrolment numbers
    – Attendance rates
    – Reasons for non-attendance
    – Student mobility
    – Retention rates.
  3. The scope of requirements for the revised project is being finalised but will focus on Galiwinku and Maningrida.
    No communities in the Nhulunbuy electorate were visited by the Hylton Hayes Consultancy. The sites in scope for this project had been:
    – Alyangula
    – Alyarmandumanja Umbakumba
    – Angurugu
    – Baniyala Garrangali
    – Gapuwiyak
    – Maningrida
    – Milingimbi
    – Milyakburra
    – Nhulunbuy
    – Numbulwar
    – Ramingining
    – Galiwinku
    – Warruwi
    – Yirrkala.
    The communities now participating in the stakeholder group through the taskforce are as follows:
    – Alyarmandumanja Umbakumba
    – Angurugu
    – Baniyala Garrangali
    – Gapuwiyak
    – Maningrida
    – Milingimbi
    – Milyakburra
    – Galiwinku
    – Wadeye.
    N.B. The stakeholder group targeted schools with an average attendance levels of less than 50%.
  4. For the stakeholder group work, the community members and school leaders participating in the forums are responsible for community engagement. It is considered that through this
    model of engagement that interpreters are not required.
  5. Through the stakeholder group work, no additional staff members have been employed by the department. Participant community members, some of whom are Yolngu people, are committed to leading change in their communities on a voluntary basis. It should be noted that part of the work of the forums is to review whether schools are maximizing resourcing. Ideas generated through the stakeholder group may impact employment at the school level.
  6. The joint taskforce will utilise findings from the school engagement forums and the new project to identify any trends and appropriate responses required at a system level, including areas for inter-government collaboration, to respond to recent declines.
  7. The scope of requirements for the revised project is currently being finalised.

 

WAS THERE A REASON FOR MR HAYES NOT GETTING ON WITH THIS VERY IMPORTANT WORK?

The answer is either:

A. People starting asking a lot of questions about the processes involved in the contract tender process like the questions posed by MLA Mr Guyula.

B. Mr Hayes had to deal with the death of a relative.

http://www.westannouncements.com.au/obituaries/thewest-au/obituary.aspx?n=keith-hayes&pid=190043206&fhid=14433

WE WILL LET OUR READERS DECIDE!

Tran Nam certainly noted the contract.

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