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Methods used by interest groups Methods used by interest groups Presentation Transcript

  • Conflict
  • What is Conflict?
    • Where more than one group have a difference of opinion, interaction or relationship with the same topic.
    • Small Scale – disagreement between smaller user groups.
    • Eg Surfers / Lifeguards
    • 4WD / Bike riders
    • Horse riders/ Bushwalkers
    • Jets skies / Fishermen
    • Larger Scale: - disagreements between companies, government, environmentalists, Locals
    • Eg Franklin River
    • Port Philip bay Dredging
    • Logging in Otway Ranges
    • Wonthaggi Desalination Plant
  • A group which attempts to influence the making or implementing or administering of government decisions Interest Groups
    • Most interest groups are single-issue groups which
    • - seek to benefit the interests of their members (trade unions, cattlemen, 4WD assoc, Save Albert Park,)
    • Interest groups are formed voluntarily and do NOT include government bodies
  • Methods Used By Interest Groups
    • direct action
    • - picketing/ - strikes
    • -blockades
    • Marches, protests
    • demonstrations, - boycotts, go slows, bans
    • Advantages of Direct Action
    • - free publicity in media
    • Disadvantages
    • usually seen by community
    • as negative or disruptive
  • Lobbying
    • Conducted directly by interest groups, or by employing professional lobbyists who have access to Government ministers.
    • Lobbying not always directed primarily to those making decisions, also to those that can influence decision-makers.
  • Petitions
    • Used to raise awareness of issues and to show levels of support for position in relation to issue.
    • Not very affective in influencing decision-making.
    • Members of Parliament count letters to gauge level of feeling on an issue.
  • Use of Media
    • Usually only wealthy groups can afford paid advertising.
    • Editorals and reports can at times be more sympathetic to groups representing commercial interests.