ACT Government advertising spend

catey 13 July 2007 22

Hi – is anyone else getting sick of seeing the tv ads the ACT Government is using our taxpayer funds for about the recent budget and how this “proves” its commitment to the territory?

How about proving its commitment to the ACT community by directing the money spent on the campaign toward community projects instead of wasting money on propaganda about how great the government is!

I would accept spending on an advertisement that is genuinely providing information to the community about issues of concern or uncertainty, but there is nothing about this ad that informs the community, it is solely self-promoting. What’s the story and aren’t there any laws/regulations to prevent the government wasting money like this? Does anyone know?


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22 Responses to ACT Government advertising spend
bruceboy bruceboy 7:31 pm 23 Jul 07

One thing about the ACT government’s budget – they are perfectly happy predicting the winfall of funds that will(?) be available in 2008 & 2009 in 2007’s budget. Yet they couldn’t predict that 2007 would be a bumper year in 2006 (and that they didn’t need to cut so many services)! The bus timetable is truly woeful now, never mind the schools. Selective predictions will be the death knell for this goverment. Bring on the Greens!

Kramer Kramer 1:21 pm 16 Jul 07

Yep, a total waste of taxpayer’s money – he must have been watching John Howard’s efforts.

Careful Stanhope, you don’t want to got out the door like Howard is about to…

Thumper Thumper 11:19 am 16 Jul 07

It’s blatant advertising.

Simple as that.

And although they don’t lie about the figures, the certainly don’t quite tell the full truth.

For example, the monies being spent on schools. Of course there is plenty to spend on schools, they closed down 20 odd of them….

I note that they haven’t had an ad saying that they stuffed up on the Emergency Services firelink and wasted $4.5 million.

That would be a bit more balanced….

Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 10:55 am 16 Jul 07

Other local Governments (used small l deliberately) send paper and/or email newsletters out to their constituents, with the ability to provide, and to link back into, substantial data and information.

This sort of method is far more justifiable than anything you can put on TV.

If the government is serious about conveying budget information to their constituents, then this would be the way to do it.

Expensive, short, and uninformative TV ads are just setting themselves up to be accused of exactly what they are being accused of here. And deservedly so.

Sorry Katy, but it’s not “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” – it’s “damned if you do it wrong”.

VicePope VicePope 6:56 pm 15 Jul 07

No problem with political ads paid for political parties and by their friends in business or the unions. No problem with genuine information campaigns about issues of public importance. Real problem with using taxpayers’ money to tell puffed up stories to the taxpayers. The Feds have allegedly done it to the tune of $1.7 billion. The ACT ALP majority morons (as distinct from the minority Lib morons) are doing it. The NSW drones did it. It’ all disgusting, and it would be smart to vote for anyone who doesn’t do it.

A few years ago, there was a commendable attempt in Fed Parliament by the Democrats to put some limits up. It fell foul of no-one really knowing where the barrier was between public information and political promotion and who should police the barrier. (I think the Senate F&PA Ctee may have some stuff on its website).

jacross jacross 5:12 pm 14 Jul 07

I am disgusted by those ads. I didn’t think a Government would be more brazen than the Feds on this one but Stanhope has just gone right for it with this one.

sepi sepi 7:50 pm 13 Jul 07

And shameless coming after a severe budget where they cut everything they could think of and increased all sorts of fees.
Katy was on radio defending it and claimed that if they don’t advertise their budget, people complain – um really??????

BeyondThought BeyondThought 6:51 pm 13 Jul 07

When is Chairman Jon going to start using taxpayers money to give us all Little Red Books???

miz miz 6:10 pm 13 Jul 07

Why have they wasted money on this, yet charge the unnecessary utilities tax??? TransACT are now passing this crazy tax on . . .

GnT GnT 4:28 pm 13 Jul 07

I agree, waste of money and self promotion. The ads aren’t even that good.

Ralph Ralph 4:17 pm 13 Jul 07

I only watch Fox so I don’t see any of this shit, thankfully.

VYBerlinaV8 now_with_added grunt VYBerlinaV8 now_with_added grunt 2:28 pm 13 Jul 07

Total waste of money and resources, so pretty much in line with other activities the local council carries out. I wonder if we’ll get an ad all about the flash new ESA spend…

Thumper Thumper 1:44 pm 13 Jul 07

I kind of vague out when the ads come on so I’ve no idea what they are about…

pierce pierce 1:42 pm 13 Jul 07

I’d liked the tag WorstChoices personally.

Maelinar Maelinar 1:35 pm 13 Jul 07

You mean WorkLiberal ?

Thumper Thumper 1:01 pm 13 Jul 07

I get a tad p*ssed off when the Federal goverment uses their policy announcement ads as a pseudo Liberal campaign.

Androyd Androyd 12:50 pm 13 Jul 07

Saddens me that part of Stanhope’s rationale is, we’ve learned some lessons from the Feds. Makes it harder to effectively complain about the big abuses of advertising at the federal level if labor is happy to do it locally. And I’m sure he’d be the first to scream if an ACT Liberal Govt (novel concept I know, but bear with me) did the same thing. I’m not usually a Stanhope basher, but given the nature of these ads I think he’s got this one wrong big time.

Thumper Thumper 12:47 pm 13 Jul 07

It’s rather paternalistic really…

morgan morgan 12:46 pm 13 Jul 07

agreed. the ads tell us nothing about any program, initiative etc

at least the “excessive” comm govt ad spends are about programs, changes to legislation etc

this “excessive” spend by the comm govt would be the numbnutted rationale the amatuers that run the ACT govt would use to justify their budget ads

stanhope should focus on governing and less on things like telling people how racist they are and how racist – by default- he is not…

indulge me while I take the stanhope sledge segway further – is Stanhope the racist? – the little brown people cant look after themselves but its ok… BIG JON is there to look after them and stand up for them

Thumper Thumper 12:41 pm 13 Jul 07

Is this the first time an ACT government has advertised itself as such?

And agreed, it stinks…

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