We briefly wondered aloud last week if putting the “Authorised by” information on the back of an advertising sticker was quite good enough.
The ABC reports that the same question was exercising a Senate estimates hearing yesterday.
- “The AEC’s Paul Pirani has told Senator Abetz that authorisation for election advertisements must be clearly displayed.
But he said it is not clear if the ads breached the law.
“I agree with you it does stretch the spirit,” he said.”
In a way it’s a shame that there’s little chance the matter will come before a court, because the clarity of a judicial warning would be no bad thing.
We can expect the spirit of the law to get more stretching in future.