Concerns have been raised by the State Liberals about taxpayer funded government advertising in Parliament’s Budget and Finance meeting yesterday.
The Weatherill Labor Government has regularly breached its own advertising rules in a shameless use of taxpayer dollars for party political purposes.
Prior to the 2014 State Election, a full colour booklet was circulated in marginal seats spruiking the Adelaide Oval redevelopment with a photo of Premier Jay Weatherill.
That was a clear breach of government advertising guidelines using taxpayer funds, which state photos of politicians cannot be used.
In yesterday’s meeting, Department of Premier and Cabinet CEO, Jim Hallion, claimed that he was not aware of this brochure, even though the Committee which approved it was in his own Department.
The latest $1 million Weatherill Labor Government advertising campaign attacking the Federal Government’s budget cuts is yet another breach of its own advertising guidelines.
The Weatherill Government’s own guidelines clearly state that taxpayer funded advertising cannot be used to disparage another party or grouping.
The Weatherill Labor Government is waging a war against the Federal Government’s Budget cuts, but tries to hide its own State Budget cuts of more than $3 billion.
“The State Liberals have already indicated they did not support Federal cuts to health and education and obviously have no issue with the Labor Party opposing cuts,” said Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas.
“However, South Australian taxpayers should not be wasting $1 million on this campaign at the same time that important state health and education programs are being cut.
“The Weatherill Labor Government claims this is just phase one of its campaign against the Federal Government’s cuts.
“That means that more money from taxpayers will be used going forward to fund these ads, which South Australians should be extremely concerned about.
“The Labor Party are entitled to run a political campaign against the Federal Government, however, taxpayers should not have to pay for it.”