Chief Minister Stanhope is having a good old dummy spit over Liberal plans to put some checks on the rampant ad spend of his Government in defence of Labor’s policies.
There’s even a lengthy list of grievances:
- Mr Stanhope said the Liberal Opposition’s Bill would:
— Severely impact the effectiveness of Government advertising by banning slogans and jingles;
— Create unacceptable restrictions on legitimate advertising three months before an election;
— Severely impact the Government’s capacity to respond rapidly to issues by requiring all campaigns costing more than $20,000 to be reviewed by the Auditor General;
— Fundamentally alter the Auditor General’s role by making the Auditor part of the decision-making process rather than the scrutiniser of Government actions;
— Require radio or television advertisements to be authorised at both the start and end of the advertisement, meaning there would be barely time for anything but authorisation;
— Create confusion and uncertainly by preventing Government advertising for party political purposes without defining the term ‘party political’;
— Create confusion by not recognising statutory officer holders as chief executives;
— Violate the independence of statutory authorities by wrongly implying that Ministers are responsible for agency advertising; and
— Duplicate the current mandatory requirements of Government advertising campaigns in the Electoral Act 1992 and the Commonwealth’s Broadcasting Services Act 1992.
I really liked the line about “wrongly implying that Ministers are responsible for agency advertising”.
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For the record RiotACT would be all in favour of more Government advertising if only some of it would come our way. *sigh*