As a former member of the lobbyists club, might I say what a first rate appearance it was yesterday by Graham Richardson when appearing before the New South Wales upper house inquiry. His evidence should be studied in detail by every aspiring influence peddler, especially the parts about not having a diary and keeping no notes. In this litigious and investigative age, it is essential that written records not be available.
Public servants and politicians worried about pesky Freedom of Information requests should similarly undergo Richardson-style memory training. And who would now dare to call my old profession dishonourable when, as Graham pointed out, no proper lobbyist could work for a client who required a written agreement when a handshake should do. Long live such old-fashioned values.