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Are we all allowed to attach posters to the street lights, or is that only the local political parties that can litter with impunity??

By Impassive - 26 August 2008 24

Did you see the dozens of Liberal Party posters attaches to the street lights this morning? Isn’t that littering??

I was involved in a fund raising fete a few years ago and put out a couple of signs to advertise it and we got a call to tell us to pick them up because it was illegal to put them out there – and it was suggested that we put them out ater 4pm on Friday as they wouldn’t be checked over the weekend.

So, have those rules changed or are there special rules for pollies??

UPDATED The ABC reports that the signage is not legal.

And, like magic, within 24 hours of the massive signage campaign being rolled out, it has disappeared as if it was never there.

ANOTHER UPDATE: The Canberra Times has more.


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Are we all allowed to attach posters to the street lights, or is that only the local political parties that can litter with impunity??
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Aurelius 12:35 pm 26 Aug 08

The primary difference is that the signs along the Kings Highway are on private land, whereas the signs along Ginninderra drive are on public property.
Private land signs require only the permission of the landholder and (this applied to the 2006 Qld state election, so probably applies to others as well) are subject to a certain limit about size and numbers.

politikos 11:41 am 26 Aug 08

Thumper said :

couldn’t get over how big a waste of resources it was

So people are now no longer allowed to spent their own money on what they want?

It’s nothing like the cost of television advertising – some candidates must be rolling in it!

Loquaciousness 10:55 am 26 Aug 08

Wish someone would call the scary-looking guy running for local council in Bungendore and get him to pull down the signs all up and down the Kings Highway …


jakez 10:31 am 26 Aug 08

tom-tom said :

I was referring to the cost of literature that gets handed out by door knockers as well as the opportunity cost of the volunteers time, I’m an economist so I’m used to comparing things by trying to work out dollar values. And it was all the libs and one labor candidate.

So am I. Fair enough, although your valuation of volunteers time could possibly be quite different to mine, it’s unusual for people to have that perspective so I wasn’t ready for it.

I know plenty of people however who would put up posters and wouldn’t doorknock, so it’s hard to make a direct comparison.

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