New signs advertising Queensland Government's solar logo have cost $80,000.
The State Opposition questioning in State Parliament has revealed $80,640 has been spent to produce and distribute 51,800 plastic signs promoting the Bligh Labor Government’s solar slogan. Shadow Energy and Water Utilities Minister Steve Dickson said the solar sign splurge was another example of wasting taxpayers’ money on self-promotion.
“It’s a little ironic that the government champions the environment on the one hand while it’s mass producing a stack of plastic signs to advertise this fact on the other, isn’t it?” Mr Dickson asked. “These signs don’t even mention the solar hot water scheme by name. This is just blatant propaganda by the Bligh government to push an agenda. It’s misappropriation of funding as advertising.
“To top it off, the people who are receiving the signs have already installed a solar hot water system. Is it really the ‘bright thing’ to be telling Queenslanders who’ve already participated in the scheme how good it is? Shouldn’t they be targeting new people?
“And the real kicker with this is that it seems no one is falling for this stunt. In all the travel I do for my job, I have not seen one, not one, of these signs on display anywhere.
“This money would’ve been far better put to use addressing soaring electricity costs which are only increasing under the mismanagement of this lazy incompetent Labor government, and which will rise even further thanks to Labor’s carbon tax.
“This tired, 20 year old Labor Government has just perpetuated the trend for waste and more waste. With the Labor Government’s debt bill spiralling out of control at $85 billion incurring an interest bill of $595,000 an hour, shouldn’t it be lights out for blatant and unabashed propaganda campaigns?
“A Can Do Government will save you money and deliver more by getting action on the basics and cutting waste.”