||Issue No. 284||07 October 2005|
Age of Consent
Interview: Under Fire
Politics: And the Winners Are ...
Economics: The Common Wealth
History: Walking for Justice
International: Deja Vu
Legal: The Rights Stuff
Review: That Cinderella Fella
Poetry: Is Howard Kidding?
The Locker Room
Make Ads Not Law
Nice One, Workers!
Dog Eat Dog
Letters to the Editor
Make Ads Not Law
The trouble is that the "government" has not made changes, or even considered making changes, to industrial relations and therefore cannot make informed decisions about responsible publication on the matter.
To do so would be akin to advertising changes to road rules before the involved parties had reached a decision on how the road laws would be changed. It would only cause confusion as to when and how the laws would change. It would cause anger, frustration and danger to those road users who would otherwise confidently and lawfully use the roads for the purposes they were designed for.
Although the Liberal party does have a monopoly of power in the senate, the success in total of a bid to pass legislature in favour of reforms (that the Liberals admit are not fully conceived) is not guaranteed. The recent changes to the proposals of the full Telstra sale are indicative of this.
The spending of 20 million dollars of government funds is a gamble of public funds that legislature based on a proposal, not yet fully conceived (we are told), will match the information contained in the 20 or so million spent!
Allowing the Liberal party to conserve it's party funds by dipping into Government money to gain support for proposals of ideology (that might not survive the senate intact), while not allowing the opposition to do the same, is wrong and probably unlawful (Supreme court judges recently condemned the Liberal party's spending of Government money on such advertising as a Stalinist style of propaganda but found that the court was not lawfully empowered to make a ruling on the matter). To use the metaphor of road rules again, it would be like allowing luxury cars free fuel and to drive as their owners may wish while strictly enforcing the direction of other vehicles to the letter of the law!
The Liberal party should be allowed to advertise their policies in much the same way that unions, the ACTU and opposition parties are allowed to. The Liberal party should not, however, be allowed to conspire to use public money for their own benefit as a fraudulent result of the authority to manage public spending!
Lawrence McClure, Qld
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