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Friday, May 28, 2010

Swan Uses Emergency Powers To Save Face For Rudd.

Treasurer Wayne Swan is declaring the miner's opposition to his ill-concieved Super Profits tax a "national emergency" and thus under Labor's own Advertising rules the Government can use millions of taxpayer's money for political propaganda to save Rudd's skin.
The exemption granted this week to the Treasurer by Special Minister of State Joe Ludwig will allow the government to rush out an advertising campaign to counter a mining industry blitz against the new 40 per cent super profits tax.

Mr Swan on May 10 sought permission from Senator Ludwig, in his role as Cabinet Secretary, to mount a tax reform advertising campaign.
“Given that co-ordinated misinformation about the changes is currently being promulgated in paid advertising, I accept the need for extremely urgent action to ensure the Australian community receive accurate advice about the nature and effect of the changes,” Senator Ludwig said in a special statement granting Mr Swan permission for the campaign.
The exemption from the government's advertising rules will enable the Treasurer to avoid the need to seek the approval of the Indendendent Communications Committee which vets all government advertising.

It will free the campaign from constraints under the guidelines prohibiting campaigns run for party political purposes and releasing materials that “directly attack or scorn the views, policies or actions of other such as the policies and opinions of opposition parties or groups”.
As Cabinet Secretary Senator Ludwig can exempt a campaign from compliance with the guidelines on the basis of a national emergency, extreme urgency or other compelling reasons.
In granting the exemption, Senator Ludwig said: “I note and accept the Treasurer's advice that there is an active campaign of misinformation about the proposed changes and that Australians are concerned about how these changes will affect them.
“I further note and accept the Treasurer's advice that, as tax reform involves changes to the value of some capital assets, they impact on financial markets.”
This is unbelievable hypocrisy from Rudd who guaranteed the end  of public-funded political advertising.
The new Labor ground-rules for use of Government advertising money is now anything goes. The Australian public will understand that the real national emergency is to get rid of this bunch of ratbags before they completely wreck the country.

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  1. As Cabinet Secretary Senator Ludwig can exempt a campaign from compliance with the guidelines on the basis of a national emergency, extreme urgency or other compelling reasons.

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  2. I accept the need for extremely urgent action to ensure the Australian community receive accurate advice about the nature and effect of the changes,” Senator Ludwig said in a special statement granting Mr Swan permission for the campaign. Homepage

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