Australian Public Affairs has a long and proud history of ethically and effectively providing clients with services including public affairs, public relations and graphic design.
Alastair Furnival resigned and left his role as Chairman at Australian Public Affairs last September.
Obviously, since his resignation and appointment as a Chief of Staff with a Commonwealth Minister, he has drawn no salary, dividend or profit share from this company.
Following his appointment, the process began to transfer Alastair’s shareholding to me as his former co-director.
Since last September, Australian Public Affairs has not made representations to either Health Minister, their offices, or the Health Department; and has made no representations to any other Minister of the Commonwealth in relation to the Health portfolio.
Whilst this commitment applies to all clients, I particularly note that it has applied to Mondelez International, the Australian Beverages Council and Proctor & Gamble.
We will update our profile on the lobbyist register to remove Mondelez International, the Australian Beverages Council and Proctor & Gamble.
This business was started in 1996. Our reputation is based on ethical and effective advocacy and we have always conducted ourselves professionally and appropriately.
It would be disappointing if we had reached a point where people were disqualified from public service as a result of expertise that they, or for that matter, their wives, had gained in the private sector.