May 24, 2007

Questions without notice – Advertising Campaigns (1)

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE – Advertising Campaigns (1)

24 May 2007

Mr ALBANESE (2.23 p.m.)—My question is to the Prime Minister and it refers to his previous answer. Isn’t it the case that not only has the ministerial committee on which Tony Nutt sits as his representative approved the market research, but the government has also entered into a contract to conduct the climate change and community information and education campaign, which will include a mail-out to all Australians?

Mr HOWARD—I repeat what I said yesterday: the government has not approved this campaign. I have not, my department has not and my office has not.

Opposition members interjecting—

The SPEAKER—Order! The Prime Minister has the call.

Mr HOWARD—But on the general question of government advertising, I think there is a case for government advertising, because it is frequently the case that companies in this country disobey the law because they apparently do not know what it is.

Mr Albanese interjecting— Interjection

The SPEAKER—Order! The member for Grayndler!

Mr Albanese—Check with Tony!

The SPEAKER—The member for Grayndler is warned! The member for McPherson has the call.