ALBANESE COMMITS ADDITIONAL $10 MILLION OF PUBLIC MONEY TO BUY ‘YES’ REFERENDUM RESULT, $0.5 TO ‘NO’ CASE, IN CORRUPTION OF AUS DEMOCRACY

Below is a media release from the Citizen's No Campaign on today's announcement regarding taxpayer funding for the local government referendum:

 

ALBANESE COMMITS ADDITIONAL $10 MILLION OF PUBLIC MONEY TO BUY ‘YES’ REFERENDUM RESULT, $0.5 TO ‘NO’ CASE, IN CORRUPTION OF AUS DEMOCRACY


 

“Local government Minister, Anthony Albanese, has announced plans to corrupt our democracy and buy the local government referendum result with $31.6 million in public money to fund the ‘yes’ case, and $0.5 million to the ‘no’ case”, said citizen’s ‘no’ campaign spokesperson, Tim Wilson.

 

“The ‘yes’ case is being given nearly 65 times the public funding as the ‘no’ case in a flagrant abuse of process. In direct grants the Federal government is giving 20 times the funding to the ‘yes’ case as it is to the ‘no’ case. This is a corruption of our democracy to abuse taxpayer’s funds to buy a change in the Constitution that limits the power of Canberra politicians and bureaucrats”, Mr Wilson said.

 

“The only reason the Federal government can give this money is because they changed the Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act and suspended limitations on the Federal government spending money on political referendum campaigns”.

 

Mr Wilson’s comment follow an announcement from Minister Albanese at the Australian Local Government Association’s Conference that the Federal government will contribute an additional $10 million to the ‘yes’ case, on top of the $21.6 million already contributed from public funds.

 

“How can the Opposition continue to support this referendum when the Federal government is engaged in a flagrant corruption of Australian democracy? It’s time Tony Abbott and the Opposition dumped their support or be tarred with the Gillard government’s brush”.

 

“At the 1999 Republic Referendum John Howard gave $7.5 million to both the ‘yes’ and ‘no’ case. At this referendum the Federal government is trying to buy an outcome to increase their power by essentially giving money to only one side of the debate”, Mr Wilson said.

 

“The announcement by Minister Albanese shows the Federal government is prepared to abuse taxpayer’s funds to corrupt Australian democracy and make sure only one side is heard”.

 

“Local communities will be worse off if this referendum passes. Canberra will push around Councils and Mayors through tied grants and deliver services based on the priorities of Canberra politicians and bureaucrats”.

 

“In addition to the $10 million ratepayer-funded campaign war chest being amassed by ALGA, the Federal government has already allocated $11.6 million towards a ‘national civics education campaign’ which will advocate for a ‘yes’ vote, now they’re going to increase it further”.

 

In discussing the campaign Labor Senator Jacinta Collins argued:

 

“certainly we will be looking at a broad education campaign, but a component of that campaign will be a position where the government seeks to advocate that there are strong benefits in accepting what is proposed in this case”.

Senator Jacinta Collins, 15/05/2013

 

“This referendum isn’t necessary, and the abuse of process and public funds is a gross corruption of our democracy”, said Mr Wilson.

 

 

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