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The Liberal Dirt Unit (Read 4523 times)
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The Liberal Dirt Unit
Jul 15th, 2007 at 1:52pm
The Liberal Party is paying 20 contract staff to dig up dirt on the ALP. How depressing are they going to get? All this dirt will be used on Coalition Propaganda for their election campaign.

What it means is between now and then all we are going to hear from the Liberals is how terrible the opposition is - most of this dirt will have been created by this new task force. Is this how we want our money spent - on propaganda. Howard is so out of touch now - that anyone who still believes him is either very dumb or very rich.

THE Howard Government has set up a secret propaganda unit to attack Labor's plan to build a $4.7 billion broadband network.

The unit has been established within the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, with a staff of about 10 on short-term contracts.

Several highly specialised public relations consultants and senior public servants across a range of government departments have been seconded to develop a strategy to attack Labor's broadband plan.

They will produce information kits that include detailed attack points on Labor's broadband plan and positive points about the Government's alternative "Australia Connected" strategy.

The kits will be distributed to Coalition candidates in marginal seats around the country in the run-up to the election, widely expected on November 10.

The Sunday Age has spoken to one person employed within the unit. "We have one brief shoot down Labor's plan and promote the Government's plan," the employee said.

The unit has been allocated office space within the Walter Turnbull building in Canberra's Sydney Avenue opposite Parliament House and is believed to have a budget of more than $1 million. None of the staff is listed in the official department staff handbook.

The unit is intimately involved in the planning of a multimillion-dollar taxpayer-funded advertising blitz promoting the Government's broadband plan, yet to be unveiled.

The Howard Government has recently come under attack over the operation of another propaganda unit inside Parliament House called the "Government Members' Secretariat".

The $1.5 million-a-year, taxpayer-funded GMS employs 14 staff exclusively to help Coalition MPs design their newsletters, websites, and instruct them on the latest international campaigning techniques.

Attorney-General Philip Ruddock was also forced to deny reports last month that yet another taxpayer-funded "dirt unit" was operating out of his Sydney offices.

The Howard Government has up to 20 staff ostensibly employed by a handful of ministers whose sole task is to help the Government get re-elected and whose work has nothing to do with their ministers' portfolios.

A spokeswoman for federal Communications Minister Helen Coonan denied the existence of the "propaganda unit" but confirmed that an "expert taskforce" had been set up to work on broadband issues within the department.

Labor communications spokesman Stephen Conroy said: "This is an outrageous misuse of public servants and taxpayers' money."

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Re: The Liberal Dirt Unit
Reply #1 - Jul 15th, 2007 at 1:59pm
It is disgraceful how this government has used public money to fund what amounts to significant parts of its re-election campaigns.
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Reply #2 - Dec 3rd, 2018 at 8:44pm
Howard was Australia's greatest Propaganda.

Loved how he deforested Tasmania but made sure that all the roads would still have 100m worth of trees running along them so to make people think that the forests kept going - rather than let them see the 'barren' truth.

Roll Eyes

Howard: Good with Guns.
             Sucked with everything else.

...he really did hate the Greens.
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