Government advertising may be legal, but it’s corrupting our electoral process


The Coalition government’s use of taxpayer money for political advertising – as much as A$136 million since January, according to Labor figures – is far from an aberration in Australia.

  • Joo-Cheong Tham
  • The Conversation

It is part of a sordid history in which public resources have routinely been abused for electoral advantage.

For example, the Coalition governments of Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull spent at least A$84.5 million on four major advertising campaigns to promote their policies and initiatives with voters.

The ALP governments of Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard spent A$20 million on advertising to promote the…

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