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Government must come clean on climate ads.

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Peter Garrett MP Shadow Minister for Climate Change, Environment and Heritage

MEDIA STATEMENT Thursday 13 September

Government must come clean on climate ads

Not content with having spent twice as much on advertising as it has on climate change, the Howard Government will this weekend launch its latest catch-up propaganda - a $23 million climate change advertising campaign.

Popping up just weeks from the election this campaign includes expensive TV advertisements and a booklet mailed to every household.

These ads will push Howard Government advertising spending to close to $2 billion since 1996.

The Howard Government has consistently over promised and under delivered on climate change. Since 1996, it has promised around $1.3 billion for climate change, yet failed to deliver on almost $460 million.

That means less than 0.05 per cent of the $245 billion federal budget is now being spent on climate change.

0.05 is a blood alcohol limit, not a climate change strategy.

The Howard government has never been serious about climate change. It remains divided on this issue and is now camouflaging its lack of action with an ad campaign.

Here are some facts the Howard Government's multi-million dollar ads won't give you: • Australia is the second highest greenhouse polluter in the world per capita • Following Mr Howard’s lack of action our emissions are set to soar by 27% by 2020 • Australia is an international climate change pariah for not ratifying the Kyoto


The Howard Government’s climate change advertisements are just the latest spending binge which proves again that this government will say and do anything to get re-elected.

A Rudd Labor Government will cut spending on government advertising and ensure that all advertising campaigns costing in excess of $250,000 will be vetted by the Auditor-General.

Only a Rudd Labor Government will ratify the Kyoto Protocol, commit to reducing is Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions by 60 per cent on 2000 levels by 2050 and secure Australia’s future for our children.

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