There are many hundreds of pressure groups in Australia, some economic, some social, some with broad aims, some devoted to single issues.
The influence of pressure groups varies, depending on the issues involved, on the people they can mobilise, and on the resources, tactics and strategies they utilise.
Paid lobbyists are an important aspect of pressure group activity.
- A Listing of Australian Pressure Groups
- A Saturday Reflection – an eloquent defence of protest and dissidence from The Age in 1987.
- The Impact of Pressure Groups on the Democratic Process – there is much debate about whether pressure groups enhance or detract from democratic values.
- Shock-Jock Democracy – The Influence Of Radio Talkback – a discussion of the influence of radio talkback on the Federal government’s decision on petrol excise in March 2001.
- Pressure Groups and the Media – Demonstrations against the World Economic Forum were held in Melbourne during September 2000. The protests were loosely organised by a group known as S11. This article is a report on the media coverage of the protests by the historian, Dr. Bernard Barrett.
- Women’s Electoral Lobby – A history of the activities of this Australian group devoted to women’s rights.
- Australian Medical Association (AMA) – Information about this important peak lobby group. In 2001, the AMA president, Dr. Kerryn Phelps, was involved in a bitter conflict with the then Health Minister, Dr. Wooldridge.
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- Sep 02, 2003: Simon Crean: Address To National Congress Of The RSL
- Jan 22, 2003: Australia “A Bit Lost” – Rick Farley
- Nov 05, 2001: Pressure Group Campaigns In The 2001 Federal Election
- Apr 21, 2001: A.M.A. At War With Wooldridge
- Mar 19, 2001: About The Women’s Electoral Lobby
- Feb 19, 2001: About The Australian Medical Association
- Nov 15, 2000: Beating Up: Barrett Report On Police, Media & WEF Protests
- Aug 26, 2000: Pressure In Brighton
- Nov 26, 1999: Murdoch Group To Lobby Backbench MPs Over Digital TV
- Nov 01, 1999: Intense Lobbying of MPs Over Digital TV
- Sep 26, 1998: Women’s Electoral Lobby Form Guide: 1998 Federal Election
- May 23, 1987: In Defence Of Protests