Politicians must dial down the volume of big business

The Abbott government's push to repeal the carbon and mining taxes underscores the great influence large corporates wield in public policy – sadly, to the detriment of the broader community.

Should businesses be involved in the public policy debate? Of course. Should they be as involved? That depends on the business. Corporate influence remains an issue in Australia -- one that continues to plague decision making and often does not reflect the public interest.

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