Packed with practical advice, opinion and essential information about how to lobby, as well as with interesting political and historical facts, this is an indispensable handbook for anyone in our nation who seeks to understand or participate in the political process.
This book demonstrates that basic lobbying skills, combined with a gracious, honest, optimistic and politely persistent character are key ingredients to lobbying success. More than anything, no matter who you are or what your platform, lobbying can only benefit from a firm belief that you can make a difference."Lobbying is not just for professional lobbyists. And it is not only an important part of the Federal and State political process, it takes place at every level of our society. Guy Barnett’s book “Make A Difference – A Practical Guide to Lobbying” is a must buy for any person or any organisation that needs to lobby at any level from local community and local council activities to the Federal Government. It is a primer to the lobbying process and while he does not guarantee success, it willput you on the right path to achieve it. And what better cause is there than the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation from the sales!"
Professor Paul Zimmet AO"Guy Barnett has seen lobbying from both sides of the table. His new book is an invaluable guide to lobbying, even for experienced practitioners, but it also describes for beginners the basic structure of the Australian political system and how to influence decisions. Make a Difference – A Practical Guide to Lobbying explains how to use all the tools available to influence government policy and how to avoid the common lobbying mistakes. Australia has a rich tradition of political memoirs, but few books about the practice of politics. Make a Difference should be on every would-be lobbyist’s bookshelf. But it’s also an excellent guide to the average citizen wanting to know how politics is played."
John Cummings,"As this book demonstrates, there is much to be considered when successfully lobbying for a particular outcome. Some of the old methods of achieving change no longer apply and the importance of economic argument is now paramount in most lobbying exercises. I hope that those individuals and organisations , in particular, those who might be less resourced than the major corporations, will find great value in this publication and that it will assist them in achieving their desired goals. It incorporates some excellent advice written by one who has beenon both sides of the table when it comes to lobbying."
Chairman, National Association of Retail Grocers of Australia
Richard J Mulcahy"I learned a good deal of what I know about influencing decision-makers, lobbying, from Guy Barnett when he was the Principal of GBA Communications. Aged and Community Services Australia engaged GBA to assist with our 2001 Federal Election campaign which succeeded as well as any we have done , before or since, with getting aged care issues into the political debate. I am delighted that Guy is sharing his experience knowledge and insights with a broader audience so that others can benefit."
Chief Executive Officer, AUSVEG Limited
Greg MundyABOUT THE AUTHOR
CEO, Aged and Community Services Australia
A University of Tasmania Bachelor and Master of Laws graduate Guy Barnett worked in both a Melbourne and Washington, D.C. law firm before returning to Tasmania to join the Premier as senior adviser. He owned and managed his own award-winning government and public affairs business with offices in Hobart and Canberra. Guy Barnett has been a Liberal Senator for Tasmania since 2002.