Rob Merkel over at Larvatus Prodeo rightly lambasts the Victorian ALP for wasting public money on fatuous “aren’t we awesome” promotions:
In a massive shock, the Victorian government dislikes cancer. And, amazingly enough, they fund cancer hospitals. Who woulda thunk it!
But just in case you didn’t know, the Victorian government’s just started a TV advertising campaign, complete with Delta Goodrem jingle, to tell us all about it.
Which prompts this sort of defence by ALP supporters, echoing their Liberal counterparts whenever the complaint was made of the former government:
It is a bipartisan tradition in Australian politics now. Who can forget Howard’s use of tax payer funds to sell Liberal party policy.
This is what every single government does without exception or variation… it’s not great, but Vic aren’t doing anything out of whack.
Which, since it’s a device to completely undermine any pressure on governments to stop doing this sort of thing, really annoys me. As I retorted:
I hate that excuse. “They do it too”. But if YOU do it, then you can’t complain when THEY do it, so you’re in effect reinforcing THEIR waste of our money, too. Every ALP ad costs twice as much because it’s justification for the Liberals doing it next time they’re in power.
Fortunately we don’t have to vote for one of the major parties that insists on wasting our money with this sort of shameless propaganda – and this is one very good reason why we shouldn’t. I won’t be voting 1 for either of them.
But people do. That’s how they get away with it.