Labor condemns use of public servant in AWA TV ad

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Labor condemns use of public servant in AWA TV ad

The use of a senior public servant in the Federal Government's latest pro-WorkChoices ads may breach Australian Public Service Values, Labor has said.

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The use of a senior public servant in the Federal Government's latest pro-WorkChoices ads may breach Australian Public Service Values, Labor has said.

The new head of the Workplace Authority, Barbara Bennet, appears in the ad to sell the new AWA fairness test and says: 'The biggest myth is that employees are alone and unprotected and that's just not true.'

Highly political

Opposition deputy leader and IR spokeswoman, Julia Gillard, said the Howard Government 'has given Bennett a highly political "myth busting" script that appears to have been written at Liberal Party headquarters'.

'This is yet another sign that the Howard Government believes taxpayers' money is its own,' Gillard said. 'They even think that public servants are the political foot soldiers of the Government.

'[Workplace Relations Minister Joe Hockey] has clearly failed to be the salesman the Prime Minister wanted for WorkChoices and a public servant has been sent to do the job in the lead up to the election.

'Hockey must explain how making Bennett appear in this ad, and writing such a partisan script for her, does not breach the Australian Public Service Values.'

Blatant political advertising

Gillard said the Australian Public Service's first Value is: 'The APS is apolitical, performing its functions in an impartial and professional manner.'

'Only a government that has completely lost touch would think it is appropriate to waste tens of millions of taxpayers' dollars on blatant political advertising,' she said.

Hockey response

Hockey in response accused Labor of 'hypocrisy', saying they had made no protests over State Labor Premiers appearing in advertising.

'Yet they attack a senior public servant for explaining the facts about the protections that exist for working Australians,' he said.

He said Labor is 'simply tyring to scare the government from explaining the workplace relations system'.

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