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Hogg's corruption claim is historically wrong



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NEWS RELEASE JOHN HOWARD, M.P.

M EM BER FOR BENNELONG S H A D O W M I N I S T E R F O R I N D U S T R I A L

R E L A T I O N S , E M P L O Y M E N T & T R A I N I N G

IRET 12/91

HOGG'S CORRUPTION CLAIM IS HISTORICALLY WRONG

The attempt by the national secretary of the ALP, Mr Bob Hogg, to justify the proposed prohibition on television and radio advertising for political purposes by claiming such a ban would reduce the potential for corruption at a Federal

political level is based on a total misrepresentation of the history of political corruption in Australia,

As Mr Hogg well knows Australia has been remarkably free of political corruption at a federal level. There were never any serious charges of corruption levelled against either the Whitlam or Fraser governments, nor have there been any

sustained against the Hawke Government.

By contrast the record at a state and local government level is depressingly different. This difference has had nothing at all to do with the laws governing political advertising.

It has had everything to do with the proximity of State and local governments to decisions affecting personal property rights. It has also had a good deal to do with the incestuous relationship which often developments between state governments and the local media.

The press gallery at a national level has preserved a greater degree of independence,

The Labor advertising ban is a product of the Party's diminished financial support. It has been deserted by the business community as well as by large sections of the trade union movement.

Attempts to justify such a blatantly undemocratic proposal by reference to lofty political motives should be dismissed with the contempt they deserve. ■

SYDNEY 18 March 1991 COMMONWEALTH

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