According to today’s Australian the Labor Party will continue to advertise itself at the taxpayers expense until the writs for the election are issued. It seems they do not subscribe to the view that the election period has started.
The first clause of Schedule 2 of the Broadcasting Services Act seems clear enough ..
“election period” means:
(a) in relation to an election to the Legislative Council of Tasmania, or an ordinary election to the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory–the period that starts 33 days before the polling day for the election and ends at the close of the poll on that day; and
(b) in relation to any other election to a Parliament–the period that starts on:
(i) the day on which the proposed polling day for the election is publicly announced; or
(ii) the day on which the writs for the election are issued;
whichever happens first…
… whichever happens first. There can be no doubt that Jules has made the announcement …
So, today I announce that I will advise the Governor-General to dissolve the House of Representatives and to issue writs on Monday the 12th of August, for an election for the House and half the Senate to be held on Saturday, the 14th of September.
Government advertising last year last year cost us $139.7 million. That’s more than the Mining Resource Rent Tax raised!
Can’t govern, can’t even read, can spin and it sure can spend.