Local Public Servants star in political ad

babysunshine 9 October 2007 46

Local people have been approached in a political ad about the growth of the Public Service in Canberra.

They seen to agree that there has been significant growth, and that the Kevin Rudds promise to unleash “razor gangs” is all talk!

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Ralph Ralph 4:35 pm 09 Oct 07

Engaging in political activity, that’s if they are not paid actors pretending to be public servants.

Otherwise they should be sacked.

Ralph Ralph 4:38 pm 09 Oct 07

And it’s a big difference compared with what Ms Barbara Bennett was doing.

Deadmandrinking Deadmandrinking 4:58 pm 09 Oct 07

Ralph, they’re still allowed to express their opinions when interviewed, I’m sure.

MrMagoo MrMagoo 4:58 pm 09 Oct 07

Yeah i actually posted here about this, wondering how Ms Bennett could do it if she was a public servant, same as the woman from the workplace info line. I didn’t think public servants could be used in advertising for the government or political parties.

Spectra Spectra 5:18 pm 09 Oct 07

Ralph: They’re people on the street giving their personal opinion – they’re quite obviously not speaking for their department (whatever it might be) or in their role as public servants, and more than I would be if someone asked me the same question, then asked broadly what my job was – suggesting they should be sacked is just outright ridiculous.

And remember MrMagoo, it’s not advertising, it’s an information campaign – that’s a totally different thing!

andy andy 5:20 pm 09 Oct 07

I keep missing the last names on all the Workplace Authority ads.. I’d be interested to see if they do in fact work for the WOrkplace Ombudsman

caf caf 5:48 pm 09 Oct 07

Bear in mind that there’s no suprise that “they all seem to agree”, as the producers of the ad have certainly chosen the responses that illustrate their particular political view.

Deadmandrinking Deadmandrinking 6:09 pm 09 Oct 07

Well, it’s a pretty ineffective ad if they don’t, caf.

boomacat boomacat 6:11 pm 09 Oct 07

The public service is supposed to be politically neutral, so public servants shouldn’t appear in political advertising, be it Barbara Bennett in the WorkChoices ads (which were a blatant mouthpiece for the Howard government no matter how much anyone tries to dress them up as “information campaigns”) or rank and file pubes in youtube campaigns.

Maelinar Maelinar 6:17 pm 09 Oct 07

I’m still confused by all of those apolitical adverts. IMHO they are cast by some cunning pro-Labour bloke because they are all a bunch of tosspots on film.

Does nothing for the ad campaign when the actors are lamer than who framed roger rabbit.

andy andy 6:19 pm 09 Oct 07

ok, so, the ad where the dude is talkin about how his younger broher is on an awa and wants to move out, and his mum wants him to move out too.. that girl that says “bla bla, here at the work place authority…” is not from the WPA.
Nor are any of the other people in that ad.

caf caf 6:29 pm 09 Oct 07

Dmd: Correct, it is not me but the writer of the article who is quoting it as if it means something. I was merely trying to point out the fallacy of concluding something (other than about the views of those who made the ad) from the apparent consensus of views.

andy andy 6:54 pm 09 Oct 07

and the ad where the dude goes on about the fairness test, and he’s uing the calculator, also doesn’t work for the WPA.
So, at least we know the Govt isn’t using real public servants.. even if they are lying in the ads..

el ......VNBerlinaV8 el ......VNBerlinaV8 7:38 pm 09 Oct 07

What an absolutely shithouse video. They think this is going to get them votes?

Kramer Kramer 7:55 pm 09 Oct 07

Promising to cut the PS and running for a seat in the ACT – good luck!

Ralph Ralph 8:35 pm 09 Oct 07

Local public servants should be more worried about the deal that the CPSU has stitched-up with Labor – a single public service wide ‘collective agreement’.

thetruth thetruth 11:48 pm 09 Oct 07

They called Rudd Dr Death as he de-nationaled the PS in qld. Doesn’t matter Canberra will always vote labor – the real game is queanbeyan. Just remember fellow voters you are not worth much unless you are in a marinal seat so the best thing the ACT community can do is make the ACT more marginal – just look how much Tassie can extort

Thumper Thumper 8:27 am 10 Oct 07

The ALP is increasinly not an opposition. They are in fact an agreeance party.

Get some balls Rudd and start telling us what you are going to do, rather than just giving bipartisan support to everything the government says.

ie, Gunns is the most recent…

hingo_VRCalaisV6 hingo_VRCalaisV6 8:51 am 10 Oct 07


Some of the Workplace Authority ads feature DEWR employees and some feature actors. All the ads are filmed in the DEWR offices in Braddon and out at the airport.

Absent Diane Absent Diane 9:51 am 10 Oct 07

the public service is far from apolitical and it is impossible for it to be purely apolitical.

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