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Wednesday 23 May 2007

Shadow Treasurer discusses government spending on advertising


TONY EASTLEY: Shadow Treasurer Wayne Swan says that the election will be close and the Prime Minister's t actics at the moment are a sign of a desperate government. 


He is speaking here with our Chief Political Correspondent, Chris Uhlmann. 


CHRIS UHLMANN: Wayne Swan, the Prime Minister says that the Coalition faces annihilation at the election. 


WAYNE SWAN: Well, the only thing being annihilated here, is $110-million of taxpayers' money that he is spending on his advertising blitz. That's what's being annihilated, and once again, what you're seeing is the self-interest of the Government prevailing over the long-term national interest.  


CHRIS UHLMANN: Well, if it's advertising campaigns that concern you, were you not concerned about the $80-million that NSW spent last year, or the $80-million that Victoria spent last year - both Labor Governments?  


WAYNE SWAN: It doesn't matter who's spending money. If it's being spent on blatant political propaganda, such as John Howard is doing at the moment, it's not right. It doesn't pass the motivation test and that's why people don't trust John Howard. He's put his hand over his heart too many times, claiming to be honest John, and turned around and fleeced the Australian people, and that's what he's doing here.  


You can't claim to be an economic manager with discipline, when you're spending public money in such a wasteful, and political way.  


CHRIS UHLMANN: Should there then be a national principle about this, and would you like to see the Labor States adhere to it? 


WAYNE SWAN: There's no doubt there should be a national principle about this. But this is John Howard's cunning political tactic to obscure the fact that he is out there with a set of industrial relations laws, which are ripping the heart out of the wages and working conditions of many Australians, to obscure the fact, that he won't face up to the future beyond the mining boom and invest in education and modern infrastructure, so we can have a prosperity beyond that boom. 


TONY EASTLEY: Wayne Swan, speaking to our Chief Political Correspondent, Chris Uhlmann.