Government under fire for taxpayer funded ads
Labor claims the Government has delayed calling the election by a week so that it can spend $600,000 per day on taxpayer-funded advertising.
Opposition leader Bill Shorten and shadow treasurer Chris Bowen accused Prime Minister Scott Morrison of avoiding the rules around political advertising and called on him to set an election date.
Mr Bowen claimed that the government’s week delay meant it could spend more than $4 million on campaign advertising.
The Liberals are spending $600,000 a day on tax payer funded ads. Delaying the election a week means more than $4 million of partisan ads funded by the tax payer. Fitting that they end the term with the same arrogant contempt for the taxpayer that has marked their entire term.— Chris Bowen (@Bowenchris) April 6, 2019
According to tender documents released by Labor, the government has spent more than $250 million advertising policies and programs since January.
The Federal Government is spending $4 million this week on government advertising. Josh says they will make the figures available. Release them today. pic.twitter.com/zKRKX5H2Sc— Chris Bowen (@Bowenchris) April 7, 2019
What do you think of taxpayer-funded political advertising? Do you think the Government should stop stalling and call the election now?