Another costly ad campaign

The Weatherill Labor Government has launched another costly advertising campaign against the Federal Government’s pensioner concessions, costing South Australian taxpayers $1.1 million.

At a cost of $1.1 million to South Australian taxpayers, Premier Weatherill could have actually given 5,700 South Australian pensioners their $190 concession instead of paying for another ad campaign.

More than $4 million has now been spent by the Government on recent advertising campaigns - $1.1 million on pensioner concessions, $1 million on the Federal Budget, $1.2 million on More than Cars and $500,000 on the submarine procurement issue.

The State Liberals have also called on the Weatherill Labor Government to reveal the cost of government ads promoting its tax reform discussion and Transforming Health plan.

In a Tax Review paper released earlier this month, Premier Weatherill has suggested introducing a broad-based property tax to replace conveyance duty, costing South Australian families $1,200 every year.

The Weatherill Labor Government has now embarked on a new advertising campaign to promote this discussion paper, but has not revealed the cost of the campaign.

Meanwhile, the Weatherill Labor Government has also begun advertising its controversial Transforming Health discussion paper, with consultation closing on Friday.

The Transforming Health plan proposes closing the Repatriation General Hospital, St Margaret's Hospital and Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre and effectively strip the QEH, Noarlunga and Modbury Hospitals of their Emergency Departments.

“At a time when South Australian families are struggling with ever-increasing cost of living pressures and businesses are struggling under the highest taxes in the nation, the Weatherill Labor Government is spending money on more advertising campaigns,” said Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas.

“This is just another example of the Weatherill Labor Government’s wrong priorities.

“South Australians deserve an honest and transparent Government – not continued secrecy under the Weatherill Labor Government.

“Given the Weatherill Labor Government’s history of running expensive ad campaigns, Premier Weatherill must reveal the cost of these latest campaigns.”