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Liberals 'lying' to community: Gallagher

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Noel Towell

Chief Minister Katy Gallagher says the Liberals' claims are deceptive.

Chief Minister Katy Gallagher says the Liberals' claims are deceptive. Photo: Rohan Thomson

The ACT government says the Canberra Liberals are ''lying to the community'' with their latest round of television attack advertising.

But the opposition's campaign headquarters responded yesterday that the Chief Minister ''wishes'' that the focus of the attacks had shifted.

The Liberals have staked their election campaign on the claim that Labor and the Greens are planning to replace $340 million in revenue from stamp duty by ''tripling'' the rates charged on Canberra households.

The claim has been a central feature of much of the opposition's campaign material, particularly its television advertising, including a new set of adverts that have begun to screen this week.

But Ms Gallagher said yesterday that the budget papers showed that only $24 million in those taxes were being phased out in 2013-14.

''They're just using incorrect figures again in their ads, so it's a lie and they're paying to spread it,'' the Chief Minister said.

''They're pretending that it's going to happen over the next few years and it's not and they really are running a scare campaign and it is causing concern and they should be called to account and asked to explain and used correct and truthful figures in their advertising.''

Ms Gallagher said that she believed the latest adverts had shifted away from the claim that rates would be tripled because it could not be sustained.

''They've dropped the tripling of the rates, which is interesting, from their latest ads,'' she said.

''They've got it all over their material and all over their trucks, but they are changing their message, but their message is still a lie because they're using figures that don't add up.

''But it is interesting that they're repositioning themselves on the rates line, but it's incredibly unfortunate that they're prepared to campaign and pin their whole campaign on a lie, even if that lie is slightly changed.''

Ms Gallagher said she believed the Liberals' material was not ringing true with voters. ''People are telling me that they don't believe that rates are going to triple but they are asking me for detail,'' she said.

''People know there's a scare campaign going on. But there should be some truth in political advertising.''

Liberals Treasury spokesman Brendan Smyth referred questions to his campaign headquarters.

''She wishes,'' a campaign spokesman said of Ms Gallagher's comments.

6 comments

  • Perhaps ACT rate payers and residents can make up their own minds about how our taxes and rates are likely to rise over the next 10 years or so, if they can get round the vague (and very late) Quinlan ACT Taxation Review. After the suggestion that our rates would triple, and Katy et al screaming LIAR LIARS I decided I would go and have a look myself, and I must say that I do have some concern with some of the statements/recommendations in regards to rates.

    All I did was go to the report, hit "Control F" on my computer, type in "general rates" . You don't have to be a rocket scientist to know that we are all going to be well and truly screwed when it comes to our rates and taxes, I am as I have what would be considered in this day and age a very LARGE block of land (as was the norm in the 70/80's). Go to:

    http://www.treasury.act.gov.au/documents/ACT%20Taxation%20Review/ACT%20Taxation%20Review%20May%202012.pdf

    As an aside Katy, can I please ask, as your Employer, how much did the "review" cost us? as the report was 9 months overdue, did the budget "blow out"? Oh sorry, of course, it will be "cabinet in confidence", how silly of me.

    Commenter
    Jeanne
    Location
    ACT
    Date and time
    October 08, 2012, 11:30AM
    • Ummm hospital data doctoring, make supermarkets more money plastic bag bans, supporting prisoner drug rights, must have huge rises in cost of living in Canberra, affordable housing in Canberra.
      The list goes on and on. All big labor=greens lies Katy.
      People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

      Commenter
      Peter
      Location
      Canberra
      Date and time
      October 08, 2012, 12:02PM
      • "She wishes" is right! If Katy and Labor are so concerned that it's a lie, then it would be easy to come out with a clear counter-claim with the apparent "real" figures, leaving no doubt... but Labor hasnt been able to refute the claim, so I guess I'd be worried too if I were Katy!

        Commenter
        TimesUpKaty
        Location
        Canberra
        Date and time
        October 08, 2012, 12:15PM
        • Politicians lying, what a suprirse! You look old and tired in that photo Katy, it's time for Labor & the Greens in the ACT to go. I think it's time you should start planning your vacation after your voted out in October 20, not worrying about what the LIbrerals are saying.

          Commenter
          Adzz
          Location
          Canberra, Australia
          Date and time
          October 08, 2012, 1:42PM
          • There will be no carbon tax under a Government I lead. Sounds familiar, what makes Gallagher's think Labor always tells the truth? The Labor machine will promise you the world and give you in return a bad photocopy of an atlas. Time for change, the electorate needs fresh blood, fresh ideas, real people. Canberra needs a change, it's time to accomplish something instead of living with false promises. Get rid of Labor

            Commenter
            Bill Taylor
            Location
            Glen Alpine
            Date and time
            October 08, 2012, 3:08PM
            • Yeah! can't those damn Libs be as truthful and honest as Labor.
              You'll never catch them telling fibs or cooking the books or breaking promises or doing anything even slightly improper.

              Commenter
              Frednurk
              Date and time
              October 08, 2012, 10:42PM
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