We Paid For The Long Campaign


Ben Hosking

Today, after the longest election campaign in modern Australian history, Malcolm Turnbull officially launched the Coalition campaign. No, that’s not a mistake: Turnbull’s campaign officially began today.

After such a long campaign, you might be wondering why The Coalition (and the Greens) waited till today? Here’s a clue:

“Parliamentary entitlements for ministers and shadow ministers, such as travel expenses for politicians and staff, are also provided up until the official start of the campaign period, generally marked by the official campaign launch.”

In other words, all “pre-launch” campaigning has been paid for by us, the taxpayers. Labor started paying its own way last week.

Liberals, Nationals and Greens helped themselves to an extra week on the gravy train, and only start picking up the tab themselves from today.

As a small party with not much money, I think we can excuse the Greens. Besides which, they’re my favourites. Labor? It’s a bit on the nose.

But the party led by a multimillionaire and bankrolled by Gina Rinehart and Rupert Murdoch? Come on, Malcolm, you could have at least tipped in a couple of mil. There’s clearly no moral objection. You’ve already sold your arse to the religious right.

About the author

Veteran gay writer and speaker, Doug was one of the founders of the UKs pioneering GLBTI newspaper Gay News (1972) , and of the second, Gay Week, and is a former Features Editor of Him International. He presented news and current affairs on JOY 94.9 FM Melbourne for more than ten years. "Doug is revered, feared and reviled in equal quantities, at times dividing people with his journalistic wrath. Yet there is no doubt this grandpa-esque bear keeps everyone abreast of anything and everything LGBT across the globe." (Daniel Witthaus, "Beyond Priscilla", Clouds of Magellan, Melbourne, 2014)