Which means we can expect it to start next week.
THE federal government has rejected Coalition claims it ”squirrelled away” $13.7 million in the budget to fund an advertising campaign to promote its proposed carbon tax.
The budget papers make clear that Labor set aside money for a ”climate change foundation campaign” in this financial year and 2011-12.
But the Finance Minister, Penny Wong, told Parliament yesterday the $13.7 million was not new but rather a ”transfer of already announced funds between years”.
The money was only to be used to increase understanding of climate change, she said. [Let’s hope Penny isn’t writing it – Ed]
”It does not include, on my advice, paid advertising. No decision has been taken by the government on any climate change advertising campaign.”
The Climate Change Minister, Greg Combet, said yesterday the money for 2011-12 would be used for activities such as website development and the printing of information brochures. [That’s OK then – Ed]
The opposition climate action spokesman, Greg Hunt, said the government was preparing to begin a multimillion-dollar advertising blitz. ”It will mean taxpayers paying for carbon tax ads on the TV, radio and newspapers.” (source)
Given Labor’s track record with telling the truth, I think we’d all better be prepared for a bombardment of climate nonsense to prop up the ailing the carbon tax.