17 December 2013

Zed's office. Is Liberal party signage kosher?

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I walked past Zed Seselja’s office today and was surprised to see several large Liberal Party logos on the front window.

Perhaps I’ve been mistaken but I’ve always held the impression that electorate offices were meant to be branding free. I can’t find any info either way online but don’t recall ever seeing any info on other parliamentarians’ windows beyond name and the area they are representing.

Has this just been a matter of other pollies following an unwritten protocol until now or is there an actual law?

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No doubt Zed will have another excuse if this too is found to infringe the law. The list of Liberal infractions goes and on and on: The Tio Faulkner timesheet debacle, the $10,000 volunteer voucher fiasco, the recent Elections ACT fine of the Canberra Liberals, the very curious late payment of an Aussie Post invoice of $20,000 for mailing Zed’s election brochures etc etc And this guy has the nerve to sit on Estimates Committees grilling public servants for deficiencies in public administration.

This is a bit of a grey area. Not sure of any specific legislative provisions that deal with it, so where left with the guidelines from finance which try to have it both ways, permitting party logos to be used for electorate offices, but saying party or candidate advertising ‘should’ not appear on the outside of electorate offices because they’re Commonwealth leased premises. If he’s plastered the outside of his office with large party logos, I’d say he’s pushing the boundaries between party identification and party promotion, the latter not being allowed.

HiddenDragon4:35 pm 17 Dec 13

After today’s less than cheerful news from the Press Club, and the likely gloom and doom implications for Canberra, Zed might reconsider that signage – and then give some thought to a switch to PUP or Family First.

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