Actew running political ads?

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!


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Mælinar - *spoiler alert* I've seen S04E13 Mælinar - *spoiler alert* I've seen S04E13 5:04 pm 18 Aug 08

TAGLINE: Riotact – the only website that could possibly mix conspiracy theories, Playschool and hairy beavers in one post – comment by Reprobate, August 2008

Thumper Thumper 4:20 pm 18 Aug 08

Infotainment.

Mr Evil Mr Evil 4:19 pm 18 Aug 08

Reprobate said :

Ahh RiotACT. The only website that could possibly mix conspiracy theories, Playschool and hairy beavers in one post. Well, as far as I know…

Beaver = Dam.

Dam = ACTEWAGL.

and……

Playschool = ACT Govt.

See – it’s all linked!

johnboy johnboy 4:16 pm 18 Aug 08

it’s all about informing while entertaining.

Reprobate Reprobate 4:08 pm 18 Aug 08

Ahh RiotACT. The only website that could possibly mix conspiracy theories, Playschool and hairy beavers in one post. Well, as far as I know…

Mr Evil Mr Evil 2:46 pm 18 Aug 08

Thumper said :

There is a beaver in a tampon ad?

You really do watch too much pay-TV!

http://www.ubykotex.com.au/play-with-u/

jakez jakez 2:28 pm 18 Aug 08

peterh said :

jakez said :

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?

whoa, there. the union ads were the actual people who lost their jobs, if they agreed to appear in the ads.

Well that would explain the acting quality. I guess method takes a bit of practice.

Thumper Thumper 2:23 pm 18 Aug 08

There is a beaver in a tampon ad?

Granny Granny 2:14 pm 18 Aug 08

Gungahlin Al said :

No two minds about privatising for me – I don’t think any essential health and hygiene services such as water and sewerage should go out of public hands. Personal philosophy.

Yes, I do know what you mean.

: )

I just wish the utilities were for the people and not the people for the utilities.

Cameron Cameron 2:04 pm 18 Aug 08

Mr Evil said :

Jeez, next thing we’ll find out the Beaver in the Kotex tampon ad isn’t really a Beaver after all!

ahaha – oh say it isn’t so

Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 2:02 pm 18 Aug 08

No two minds about privatising for me – I don’t think any essential health and hygiene services such as water and sewerage should go out of public hands. Personal philosophy.

Mr Evil Mr Evil 1:53 pm 18 Aug 08

Jeez, next thing we’ll find out the Beaver in the Kotex tampon ad isn’t really a Beaver after all!

Cameron Cameron 1:41 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.

Try and apply that standard to gee, I dunno, just about every single television commercial out there?

With the exception of a few local businesses, advertisers employ actors to represent their company. I’d like to think we’re all intelligent enough to realise and accept that.

Granny Granny 1:32 pm 18 Aug 08

Ralph said :

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

I am in two minds about privatisation.

On the one hand, there are certainly good reasons for government ownership of utilities.

On the other hand, the day that Optus first started trading we ran from the arms of Telecom with joy, celebration and a kind of light-headed giddiness.

Monopolies tend to treat customers with all the respect of, well, a monopoly. It was so liberating to have some choice, and to be finally treated as a valued customer by somebody. The arrogance of the Telecom ‘corporate’ culture was positively Stanhopian.

I think ACTEW need to take a good hard look at themselves, and rethink their whole image in the community.

peterh peterh 1:15 pm 18 Aug 08

jakez said :

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?

whoa, there. the union ads were the actual people who lost their jobs, if they agreed to appear in the ads.

Ralph 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 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 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 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 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…

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