Posted: 10:17 am on 20th February 2014

moneyAfter the federal election last year, WasteWatch brought you the news that the new Coalition government would not only retain the Rudd Government’s tobacco tax increase, but would brag about it too.

Now it seems the Coalition has branched out.

Not only do they advertise tax increases, they also advertise policies that don’t exist yet.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the Department of Finance has recently signed a $211,000 contract with an Australian public relations company.

The contract is for the design of a communications strategy — read, advertising blitz — for the full or partial privatisation of Medibank Private.

The government is currently waiting on a scoping study from finance company Lazard on whether the sale should go ahead or not. The study is not due until February 28, but a decision appears to have been made already, despite Minister Mathias Cormann’s words to the contrary.

Oh well, it’s never too early to start advertising.

William Shrubb, Research Assistant

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