Special Minister of State John Faulkner continues to practice what he preaches. In opposition he was a persistent critic of the Liberal-National Coalition for its refusal to provide timely information about the cost of Government propaganda campaigns. Now as the minister in charge of such spending, he has released, with his colleague the Finance Minister Lindsay Tanner, the first half year report on Campaign Advertising by Australian Government Departments and Agencies.
The historical data in the report shows clearly why Labor was critical of the use of government money to advertise in the lead up to an election.
In the six months to 31 December last year, television stations were the beneficiaries of half the government’s advertising expenditure: