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Actew running political ads?

By teepee - 17 August 2008 30

Did Actew have the election in mind when they began their intense bombardment of TV ads (ie: ‘we are fixing up the water shortage, so no need to worry about the dithering over the past seven years’). It is no secret that Michael Costello of Actew Corporation is a Labor old boy and used to be Kim Beazley’s Chief of Staff.

My suspicions have heightened a bit when I saw a NSW Teachers’ Federation ad featuring the same talking head who stars in the Actew ad! I was naive enough to think that Mr Actew was a genuine local, working at Actew and speaking from the heart. It turns out he must be a Sydney actor who is just a phoney playing a part. I wonder whether the production company for the Actew ad is the same as for the NSW Teachers Federation ad, ie: a company that specialises in political campaigns?

Actew may be quasi-independent of government, but some things really make you wonder!

What’s Your opinion?


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Actew running political ads?
Ralph 1:15 pm 18 Aug 08

The bloke needs a haircut, not a good look.

A couple of points, first is that Michael Costello is no longer affiliated with ACTEW. McKay took over as chairman recently.

A more broader question is the extent to which ACTEW water (the ACT Government bit) should be lumped-in with the other arm of ACTEW, owned by AGL and Singapore. Not quite clear how many ‘synergies’ may be involved with this arrangement, but there is an obvious possibility of taxpayer funds cross subsidising the privately owned components.

Until ACTEW water is privatised it will always be used as an agenda barrow and political mouthpiece for the government of the day.

jakez 1:04 pm 18 Aug 08

Gungahlin Al said :

“I have ZERO problem with actors being used in ads such as these.”

Agreed – if the script does not imply that they are part of the organisation. Saying “At ACTEW, we are…” implies he’s part of it.

So question is how much deception is acceptable? Is it a part-pregnant kind of thing?

Like as a parent trying to explain to your kid why a certain lie you’ve told is OK – you just know they’re thinking “BS”. Which is kind of what was going through my mind when I first saw the ACTEW ad…

Wait a minute? Actors?

So you are saying all those people from the unions anti workchoices ads didn’t really lose their jobs?

bigred 12:51 pm 18 Aug 08

Can’t recall seeing these ads yet, but I absolutely cringe when the Canberra Milk ads come on.

Gungahlin Al 12:34 pm 18 Aug 08

“I have ZERO problem with actors being used in ads such as these.”

Agreed – if the script does not imply that they are part of the organisation. Saying “At ACTEW, we are…” implies he’s part of it.

So question is how much deception is acceptable? Is it a part-pregnant kind of thing?

Like as a parent trying to explain to your kid why a certain lie you’ve told is OK – you just know they’re thinking “BS”. Which is kind of what was going through my mind when I first saw the ACTEW ad…

Thumper 11:50 am 18 Aug 08

I really have to branch out a bit and experience life. I can’t remember when i last watched commercial free to air tv…

Granny 11:35 am 18 Aug 08

I would have recognised him if he was from ‘Playschool’.

You 10:59 am 18 Aug 08

Mr ACTEW is actually one of the actors from the ABC kids show “Blue Water High”

Mr Evil 9:49 am 18 Aug 08

Maybe he was working as an engineer at ACTEWAGL, but recently left Canberra for a better life as a teacher in Sydney? 🙂

Granny 9:48 am 18 Aug 08

Oh, I wouldn’t worry … a commendation from ACTEW is like vilification from a more respected organisation.

; )

seekay 9:48 am 18 Aug 08

There’s been some interesting comment in political circles about the ACTEW ads compared with Penny Wong’s completely anodyne emissions trading scheme commercials. The general view seems to be that John Howard would be proud of ACTEW’s effort.

Thumper 9:27 am 18 Aug 08

I’m shocked….

AussieGal83 9:23 am 18 Aug 08

This is just devastating. I can’t believe that Mr ACTEW isn’t a Canberran.

Roland GRNS 9:22 am 18 Aug 08

Also note there are ActewAGL ads on too, plus of course Cahberra Plan invitations fromt eh ACT Government.

Well we know wherr ACT agencies and the ActewAGL get their money from.

We don’t know where the Liberal Party is getting its money from for all the meet Zed ads lately.

Deb Foskey moved to amend electoral disclosure law in May that would have ensured that any donations made before June 30 (at least) were declared before the election. But neither Labor norLiberal were prepared to cop it.

Cameron 11:34 pm 17 Aug 08

I have ZERO problem with actors being used in ads such as these.

I guess I have a problem with a supposed independent corporation rabbiting on for the government, but it’s one of the benefits of incumbency and is hardly surprising. If the public benefit from election pandering, then good for us. Most of us see it for what it is anyway.

BenMac 10:46 pm 17 Aug 08

I was naive enough to think that Mr Actew was a genuine local, working at Actew and speaking from the heart. It turns out he must be a Sydney actor who is just a phoney playing a part.

Very naive it looks like. But I think your reading too much into the relationship between ACTEW/AGL and the Teacher’s Fed. The guy’s just an actor. Don’t take whatever he (and others like him) say as gospel.

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