Wallis casts doubt on a voluntary registration system as originally proposed by the Commission as it is ‘unlikely to be sufficiently different from the present system’.
But College Hill public policy division MD Warwick Smith argued that voluntary systems are far more effective that statuary rules, adding: ‘We are a much more open bunch of people than the typical Washington lobbyists.’
However, Smith supported the report’s insistence that lawyers who act as lobbyists must be subject to the same rules as professional lobbyists.
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