Rudd taunts Howard over past ad criticism

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Rudd taunts Howard over past ad criticism

Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd has taunted Prime Minister John Howard over remarks he made more than 10 years ago criticising excessive Government spending on advertising.

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Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd has taunted Prime Minister John Howard over remarks he made more than 10 years ago criticising excessive Government spending on advertising.

It was revealed yesterday that the Federal Government plans to spend more than $111m on advertising, and had spent $4.1m in six days on its new AWA 'fairness test' — the legislation for which won't be tabled in Parliament until Monday.

'Propaganda blitz'

In Question time yesterday Rudd asked Howard whether he recalled making the following remarks six months before an earlier election:

'In a desperate attempt to find an election life raft, the Prime Minister is beginning an unprecedented propaganda blitz using taxpayers money. This soiled government is to spend a massive $14m of taxpayers' money over the next two months as part of its pre-election panic. If any other form of business, the shareholders would revolt and throw out the management which wasted their money.

'This propaganda blitz will make the electorate feel even more angry. Families, welfare organisations, small businesses, the elderly and the youth of Australia can all see far better ways to spend $50m than self-congratulatory mirage-making.'

Points of order

Despite attempts by Liberal backbencher Bronwyn Bishop to take points of order, Rudd ended by asking: 'Does the Prime Minister stand by these statements, or do they simply no longer apply?'

In reply Howard said he would 'check what I said' and then spoke about a Labor newspaper ad from 1985 about consumption tax, saying it has been 'sunk' by the ACTU.

'I remember this ad very well. It was perfectly okay for the Keating government to spruik the virtues of taxation reform with an expensive advertising campaign almost 22 years ago,' he said. 'Can I also say that when you read [the fairness test ad] it reduces the information campaign that we have launched in relation to the IR changes to a bland statement of the obvious and of reality.'

Howard then asked that further questions be placed on the notice paper.

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