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Committee told truth in election advertising 'not required' – Brown

Media Release
Bob Brown 11 Aug 2008

Greens move for electoral advertising watchdog
 
There is no watchdog requiring truth in advertising for federal elections, Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.
 
Senator Brown was speaking outside a meeting of the Parliament's Joint Committee on Electoral Matters in Melbourne today.
 
'The Australian Electoral Commission has made it clear to the Committee that, while the Electoral Act prohibits misleading voters on technicalities about how they may validly cast a vote, it has no power to prevent misleading or untruthful advertising by parties about their policies or about their opponents. Any clever lie will do,' Senator Brown said.
 
Senator Brown said the Greens will move to insist on truth in election campaigns by appointing an advertising watchdog under the Electoral Act.
 
'Information is the currency of democracy and misleading voters, in particular through negative attacks on opponents, should be made illegal,' Senator Brown said.
 
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