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Truth in political advertising push after 'Labor's lies' in penalty rates attack ads



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TRUTH IN POLITICAL ADVERTISING PUSH AFTER ‘LABOR’S LIES’ IN PENALTY RATES ATTACK ADS And who’s writing the cheques for Labor’s latest deceptive ads?

Senator Nick Xenophon will, if re-elected, introduce legislation to require political advertising to be subject to the same rules as individuals and companies face when they advertise - so it cannot be false, misleading or deceptive.

He also flagged changes to privacy laws for which political parties currently have a special exemption.

The move follows Labor attack ads against Nick Xenophon claiming that he plans to cut penalty rates. Senator Xenophon said the ads were “a massive lie”.

“I will not introduce or support any bill to cut penalty rates after the election or at any time,” Nick said. “The decision must be left to the independent umpire - the Fair Work Commission - which is in fact the same position as Labor and the Coalition.

“When the big political parties are in trouble they go negative. It’s a crude scare campaign. And we just don’t know who is paying Labor’s huge advertising bill for them - even if their ads come across as cheap and nasty.”

At the beginning of the election campaign Fairfax Media reported that Australia’s powerful gambling lobby planned to pour a fortune into the pokies- friendly major parties ahead of the election, specifically targeting Nick Xenophon.

Senator Xenophon called on the major parties to disclose donations over the statutory threshold of $13,000 immediately from the gambling lobby, rather than the disclosure being made in February of next year.

“Why should politicians be exempt from the rules on advertising that apply to everybody else?” Nick said.

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