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Industrial Relations Ads - by the Liberal Party, for the Liberal Party, but you're paying for them!

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Kelvin Thomson MP Shadow Minister for Public Accountability; Shadow Minister for Human Services Federal Member for Wills

IR Ads - by the Liberal Party, for the Liberal Party, but you're paying for them!

10 August 2005

The naked political nature of the Howard Government's industrial relations advertising has been exposed by the appointment of Liberal Party political advertiser Ted Horton to run the next phase of the Government's $20 million IR advertising campaign.

Mr Horton has worked Federal Liberal campaigns since 1994-95. It is quite improper to award a $20 million contract to someone with such close links to the Liberal Party.

It is all too similar to the payment of over four hundred thousand taxpayers' dollars to another Liberal Party ad-man, Mark Pearson, to co-ordinate the $210 million GST advertising campaign in 2000.

Liberal Party advertisers should not get lucrative Government advertising contracts. For them to do so has all the appearance of an abuse of power and shows how out-of-touch the Howard Government has become.

The use of Liberal Party advertisers to run the Government's industrial relations campaign is further evidence that these ads are political ads. They are political propaganda, not community information.

These are ads being prepared by Liberal Party advertisers, for the benefit of the Liberal Party and it is the Liberal Party, not taxpayers, who should be paying for them.

A Labor Government would ban taxpayers paying for advertisements concerning programs or issues which are yet to receive Parliamentary approval.

/Ends Canberra 10/08/2005 Contact: Cora Trevarthen 0418/770484