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Matilda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-04-10 12:52 AM
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We are footing the bill for Tony and Julia + friends/family to campaign all over the country
That's because they are not yet officially campaigning - not until each party has its official launch. Tony Abbot will launch his campaign on Sunday; Julia not until FIVE DAYS before the election.

And until that time, we're paying for all their transport, accommodation, etc., for themselves and whatever staffers, wives, daughters, boyfriends, hairdressers, et al to take off wherever and whenever they choose. But from the moment they officially launch their campaigns, the public purse snaps shut.

I always wondered why they left it so long to launch now (thanks, Annabel Crabb), I have the answer.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/08/04/2972709.h...

Maybe, when they have the balance of power in the Senate, the Greens should introduce a bill setting a time limit after the writs are issued for the parties to move officially into campaign mode. They're the only ones who would do it.

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gemini_liberal Donating Member (307 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-04-10 09:41 AM
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1. I'd rather us foot the bill
than some corporate lobby. (Like how the advertising campaign that the Libs will be using after their launch will be funded by big tobacco.)
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