Questions in Parliament

Kristie Johnston, Question to Parliament – 25 May 2022

Thank you Mr Speaker.

My question is to the Attorney-General.

Attorney, there are federal and state laws against misleading and deceptive conduct in trade and commerce, but not in politics. When a customer walks into a shop, they can be confident that consumer law prevent that business from engaging in misleading and deceptive conduct or advertising.

But here in Tasmania it is perfectly legal for political parties and candidates to lie in advertising. As we saw at last weekend’s election voters are utterly sick of it and recent polling in Tasmania found that almost nine in ten Tasmanians want legislation to require truth in political advertising.

Attorney, will your Government follow jurisdictions such as South Australia and the ACT which have already passed truth in political advertising laws?

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