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And the winner is... Coming to your living room soon...

Yet another possibility for direct democracy, from the GetUp! team. And remember, this grass-roots activity is already rolling....

Dear friends,
 
$35 to reach viewers of Meet the Press? $6000 to get our ad on 7 News? How much will you chip in to buy your very own television spot that will be shown to hundreds of thousands of voters?
 
Oz in 30 Seconds is our competition to broadcast political ads 'of the people, by the people, for the people'. From around the country 160 ads were submitted and 130,000 votes cast to determine the finalists. Now, after a Gala Ceremony at the Sydney Opera House, we are proud to announce the decision of our expert judges: see the winner.

Together, we have a unique opportunity to put our winning ad on air. We've worked with some of the best media buyers in the country to offer you a range of strategic advertising spots. They start at $35 and target some of the most marginal seats in the country including Braddon and Bass in Tasmania and the five marginal seats of South Australia.
 
This is more than a fundraising campaign. It's a statement that this year, we're not waiting for politicians to sell us their agenda - we're showing them ours.
 
We can't wait to get the people's first election ad on TV! We'll send all contributors an SMS message letting you know when the ad will be appearing in your area, as well as a full report on where your money went at the conclusion of the campaign.

Together we're going to buy a national campaign, one 30-second spot at a time.

Thanks for taking action!
The GetUp team

 

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The alluring alternatives....

John Pratt says:

At last, the majority of Australians are waking up to Howard's tactics, of high taxes and reduced spending, on essential services, which will always give you a surplus.

As opposed to the alternative tactic of spending it all and massively increasing money supply and aggregate demand and causing inflation which wipes out people's savings and reduces the value of their pensions and retirememt funds.

Howard surplus due to higher taxes not good management

The Galaxy poll published in News Limited newspapers today shows the Federal Coalition's primary vote has fallen by a further three points to 39 per cent.

The poll also shows 51 per cent of those surveyed think the Federal Government achieved its record $17 billion surplus through high taxes rather than good economic management.

Among Coalition voters, 29 per cent said the surplus had been achieved by excessive taxation.

Overall, only 32 per cent of voters gave the Government credit for the surplus.

At last, the majority of Australians are waking up to Howard's tactics, of high taxes and reduced spending, on essential services, which will always give you a surplus. 

Complain about dishonesty

I'll donate.

I'm also complaining to the ASB {Advertising Standards Bureau) about the blatant dishonesty of the corporate ads. The ads clearly state that Australia has been working to a work standard devised in 1904 – a complete lie, as governments of all stripes have refined or reformed working conditions over the past 100 years. This advert gives the impression that Work "Choices" is the first change in that time and is solely responsible for Australia's present prosperity.

Imagine: Ford Motors broadcasts an ad for a new model and shows along side it a Toyota which they claim "was designed in 1904" … they’d be hauled in court faster than a blink of the eye.

I suggest others also complain.

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