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Senator Andrew Murray

Australian Democrats

Accountability Spokesperson


9 September, 1998





By signing pledges for radio stations and marching around the countryside making big promises, Mr Howard and Mr Beazley are hoping the electorate will trust them. But recent history shows that neither party is willing to put their names on the line when it really counts.


Australian Democrats Accountability spokesperson, Senator Andrew Murray says the major parties have failed to support truth in political advertising.


“How they feel about honesty and truth matters a great deal and whether they are prepared to do something about it is what really counts,” Senator Murray said.


On 30 June 1998 the following amendment was moved to the Electoral and Referendum Amendment Bill 1998:


149A after subsection 329(1)


(1A) A person must not, during the relevant period in relation to an election under this Act, print, publish or distribute, or cause, permit or authorise to b e printed, published or distributed, any electoral advertisement containing a statement, purporting to be a statement of fact, that is inaccurate and misleading to a material extent.


The amendment was voted down by Liberal and Labor.


“Truth in political advertising has been a successful part of South Australian legislation for a decade and should be incorporated in Federal legislation,” Senator Murray said.


“If the Prime Minister and the Opposition Leader are happy to talk about honesty in politics, why then did they instruct their Parties to vote against this provision, which would now be law?



To arrange comment, contact: Senator Murray on 041 9958038

or Di Graham on 08) 9481 1455