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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!

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

Thumper 4:20 pm 18 Aug 08

Infotainment.

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 4:16 pm 18 Aug 08

it’s all about informing while entertaining.

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 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 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 2:23 pm 18 Aug 08

There is a beaver in a tampon ad?

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 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

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