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Foley's diaries reveal meetings with lobby groups

NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley has stood by his election promise to publish his diary of official meetings every two months.

The log includes any dealings the Labor leader has had with government ministers, lobbyists, businesses and interest groups.

While no ministers have welcomed him into their offices this year, the diary reveals several interactions he had with groups whose agendas would have benefited under a Labor government.

Mr Foley met with the Pine Creek Koala Conservation Society in January, before committing, prior to the election, to creating Australia's first koala national park if he became Prime Minister.

The plan would have increased protection of the Pine Creek habitat on the Mid North Coast and extended over 315,000ha inland from Coffs Harbour and more than doubled the state's conservation reserves.

He also interacted with Lock the Gate Alliance members during a "10-minute drop-in" in May, as well as the architect behind the largest review of Australian school funding in 40 years, David Gonski.

The logs reveal general manager of ride-sharing business Uber Australia and New Zealand, David Rohrsheim, came to see the Opposition Leader on June 9.

Mr Foley announced he would push for the regulation of ride-sharing and the "sharing economy" during his budget reply speech a fortnight later.

A Labor spokesman said publishing the diaries went above and beyond parliamentary requirements.

The pledge has not extended to shadow ministers, whose official meetings remain largely secret.

"Labor isn't required to do it, but it has chosen to do so because it believes in good governance," the spokesman said.

"The government has committed to publishing the diaries of its ministers four times a year.

"Labor will go one step further and commit to disclose Luke's meetings between ministers and lobbyists, external businesses and interest groups every two months."


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