But Cranston – through no fault of his own – is hidden to the lobbying regime overseeing federal parliament. He is not listed on the federal register of lobbyists, the public’s only window into the world of lobbying.A former senior adviser to Tony Abbott is working as an in-house lobbyist for the tobacco giant Philip Morris, but flaws with the lobbying rules mean he is invisible to the oversight regime covering federal parliament.
Murray Cranston was a long-time adviser to Abbott, including during the Liberal MP’s time as health minister and opposition leader, and in the lead-up to his successful 2013 election campaign.
Since leaving Abbott’s office, Cranston has joined Philip Morris International as a manager of “federal government affairs” in the company’s external affairs team. The external affairs team engages with government officials and others on behalf of the multinational.