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Posted by: Caféstudy

7th Jun 2013 09:16am


When we asked you what you thought about the political parties advertising in the run up to the election later this year, we clearly hit a nerve with a lot of you! A good excuse for a rant it seems – and here are some of your views:

It’s all spin

“Ads can’t even pretend to be informative and unbiased. They are ads after all, they have not been funded to simply ‘inform’ the public” (Annie)

You are cynical about the messages delivered to voters via advertising. Nobody believes what they say – words you came up with to describe the content of the ads include deceit, lies, and false information. You think that they are only saying what they want you to hear. You want to be educated about what the parties are offering, but do not believe that advertising is the way to do this.

Nothing more than a slanging match

“Political advertising bags out the other party and doesn’t really tell you what each parties policies are about” (Hawkey)

None of the blame game rubbish, you say! A slanging match doesn’t ring true, and makes you even less likely to believe the messages.

It’s a waste of tax-payers money

The other issue which riles you is the money spent on advertising. According to you there should be a ceiling on amount of money spent on political ads – money that you believe should be spent on other things.

What would work then?

“A live political speech and/or debate with question time would be suffice to allow voters to make their decision” (Ram)

Instead of advertising, you believe that political debates, news and current affairs programmes are the best way to inform voters. Instead of agenda-driven and ‘biased’ advertising, you want to be presented with unbiased information and be allowed to make up your own minds. Live debates with questions from an audience are where the real facts are uncovered - and there is nowhere for the policitians to hide!

Comments 15

Anonymous
  • 3rd Jun 2014 11:14pm

I hate election advertising

jjdrer
jjdrer
  • 9th Apr 2014 09:28pm

The biggest majority of them used a lot of words but basically don't answer the questions put to them, especially The Prime Minsiter, Leader of the Opposition and Cabinet and Shadow Ministers in the Commonwealth Govt. The worst in State Parliament are the Premier, Leader of Opposition and various Dept. Cabinet Ministers.
A lot of Dept. CEOs do not keep members of Parliament informed.

JIBIE
JIBIE
  • 4th Mar 2014 07:44pm

I live in W.A we are going back to the polls because 1400 votes had been lost. What does that tell us.

Kessa1959
Kessa1959
  • 21st Jan 2014 12:51am

I can't stand the election advertising. All they do is try to demean or outdo the other party with innuendos or lies. As for the billboards which clutter up the footpaths and other areas if anything they put me off the candidates.
Why not spend the fortune they use for election campaigns for more worthwhile purposes and do a bit of the old footslog and doorknocking where you actually get to have a say and find out more about the parties.
I always email each candidate and ask them questions about where they stand on issues which concern me.

Hartmut
Hartmut
  • 12th Aug 2013 02:17pm

Political advertising is a total waste of money, totally devoid of any useful information and totally devoid of any truth.

socker
socker
  • 17th Jun 2014 01:30pm
Political advertising is a total waste of money, totally devoid of any useful information and totally devoid of any truth.

Not if you are the person doing the donating That is how you get favours from the government.

david
david
  • 7th Aug 2013 07:29pm

i agree completely the parties over advertise and have heard that the costs run into the million.they say they are short of money for subjects such as schooling,hospitals etc.by now we know what both parties arelike so lets keep this annoying advertising to a minimum

Anonymous
  • 24th Jul 2013 04:44pm

there seems to be a lot of confusion with the two partys.. they should speak more clearly and definetly

ninna
ninna
  • 11th Jul 2013 11:02pm

Over it already, there is nothing either major political party could advertise that would really interest me as we already know what is needed but has not been & unlikely to be delivered. I have already tuned out & when we know we are going to the polls I will look at their policies on their websites rather than listen to the media circus.
Just about all advertising that comes up between now & the election date will be spin & remember the saying "he said she said he said" or how much dirt can we pile on each other.
Now that Mr Rudd has been put back in as PM we do not have a definite election date so it could turn out to be even longer than originally planned, hence why I have already tuned out.

blondie48
blondie48
  • 6th Jul 2013 04:53pm

JULIA , WHO . SO SICK OF ALL THE TIME ON TV AND NEWSPAPERS , IT EVEN SHOWED , YOU KNOW WHO WITH YOU KNOW WHO WALKING AROUND GOVERNMENT HOUSE HAND IN HAND WITH A CUP OF ??? TEA , ARE THERE NOT MORE IMPORTANT THINGS GOING ON IN THE WORLD THAN ALL THIS ?????
GIVE IT A REST

frilly
frilly
  • 3rd Jul 2013 10:49am

I really do enjoy current affairs programmes but I do also feel that at times they also can be slanted for or against a party or person. There have been times I have felt this very strongly not necessarily politics but against a product, information about an illness or treatment in a disease.
At this moment I am sorry to say I cannot think of an example because they were programmes I watched a fair time ago. I just remember feeling so strongly at the time that the program did not appear to giving equal time and it was giving not just information but putting over almost a decision. Definitely a very slanted point of view, it disturbed me because it was an illness I was involved in.
I really am starting a new subject here not relying to anyone
The good that came out of it was I went off and researched the subject myself. It did make me concerned though for the people who just accepted the point of view give,

AnneLMcArthur
AnneLMcArthur
  • 20th Jun 2013 05:30pm

So over it, have been from the beginning when the election was annouced. They should be governing the country not hellbent on destroying other people, namely each other, and spruiking garbage which we all know won't come to pass. Don't deserve anyone's vote right now. How they are treating the PM at the moment - well, there are simply no appropriate words I could use on this forum, except that they can't handle that a female is in the top job and they're not. Would they do a better job? I very much doubt it!

Anonymous
  • 15th Jun 2013 04:08pm

I am female and I have had a screaming gut-full of this bloody woman, if you can call her that. Whinge, whinge,whinge. goes on and on about such pathetic topics instead of constructive progress for the country. I am at my eye teeth with her crap. Get somebody, ANYBODY in to run the country but her. Even Bugs Bunny would do I DON'T THINK THEY NEED TO ADVERTISE

Anonymous
  • 8th Apr 2014 11:02pm
Political advertising is a total waste of money, totally devoid of any useful information and totally devoid of any truth.

i agree with you ,they all should get together and think about the little people and start doing something for australia

Anonymous
  • 15th Jun 2013 04:10pm
Political advertising is a total waste of money, totally devoid of any useful information and totally devoid of any truth.

end senTHE WRITING IS ON THE WALL!!!!!