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Richard Colbeck

Richard Colbeck

In 2018, Liberal Senator Richard Colbeck returned to parliament in true revolving doors fashion after a 14 month stint as chairman for peak gambling lobbyists Responsible Wagering Australia (RWA). Colbeck is also chairman of the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation who have been pivotal in recently delaying a new mandatory pregnancy warning label for all alcohol products in the interest of alcohol industry lobbyists.

John S Horvath

John S Horvath

John S Horvath was The Australian Government Chief Medical Officer (CMO) from 2003 to 2009 and is now the Deputy Chairman for Crown Resorts Ltd. Horvath has close ties to the Packer family, previously a personal physician to the late Kerry Packer.

George Souris

George Souris

George Souris is a former member of the NSW Parliament, representing Upper Hunter for The Nationals. During his time with the Nationals he received a total of $13,000 in donations from The Australian Hotels Association (AHA) and was instrumental in signing the 2010 Memorandum of Understanding with ClubsNSW which afforded the lobbyist organisation several benefits including a $300 million tax break. Souris is now Director on the board of RacingNSW, appointed in December 2017.

Barry O’Farrell

Barry O’Farrell

Former Premier for NSW from 2011 to 2014, Barry O’Farrell became CEO of Racing Australia in December 2016, later resigning in 2019. During his years in parliament he held close ties to influential liquor and gambling lobbyists, most notably The Australian Hotels Association (AHA) and ClubsNSW. O’Farrell is heavily linked to the approval of James Packer’s proposal for his Crown hotel-casino at Barangaroo on Sydney Harbour.

Karl Bitar

Karl Bitar

Karl Bitar is a former political campaign director, serving under Julia Gillard in her 2010 Federal election campaign. His use of past political connections and inside knowledge has been criticised in his current executive role as a board member for James Packer’s Crown Resorts Ltd.

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