In February 2022 the Australian Democracy Network published ‘Confronting State Capture,’ a detailed analysis of what state capture is, how it operates in Australia, and what we can do about it. I’m proud to be one of the contributors.
According to the World Bank, “State capture is the exercise of power by private actors — through control over resources, threat of violence, or other forms of influence — to shape policies or implementation in service of their narrow interests.”
By its nature, state capture is usually hidden, often in plain sight. The scandals that hit the news are the tip of the iceberg. The report breaks done six modes of influence used in state capture:
The report also explores two case studies in detail – fossil fuel industries and the arms industry, and then sets out four recommendations on how to confront state capture.
And here we all are, pencils poised — at least those of us who didn’t already get it over with at prepoll — to pronounce judgement on six years of Abbott, Turnbull and Morrison.