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Unions should pull deliberately misleading ads.



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Hon Joe Hockey MP

Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service 04 July, 2007

Media Release

Unions Should Pull Deliberately Misleading Ads

The latest ACTU television advertising shows that union bosses are more interested in running a deliberately

misleading scare campaign than helping working Australians.

The Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, the Hon Joe Hockey MP, today said the ACTU’s

deliberate decision to ignore the fairness test shows how desperate the unions are to frighten employees.

"The decision to re-launch a multi-million dollar scare campaign using an old example that would not pass the

fairness test shows how desperate the union bosses are to get Kevin Rudd into power," Minister Hockey said.

"The union ads are part of a wider $100 million scare campaign in the lead-up to this year’s federal election.

"If unions are going to run ads that contain outright lies then the Government has a responsibility to explain

how the laws actually work.

"What the ALP and the unions won’t tell you is that the individuals showcased in the advertisements are now

protected by the fairness test," Minister Hockey said.

"The advertisements conveniently ignore the fairness test because it suits the deceptive opportunistic

purposes we have come to expect from Labor and the union bosses.

"We know how close Labor and the union bosses are because Labor candidate Greg Combet launched the

campaign."

For further information contact:

Emma Needham 0400 334 091