The NSW Labor Opposition says the Liberal State Government is guilty of using more than $1 million of taxpayers’ money to run a polling campaign disguised as “advertising research”.
Transport Minister Andrew Constance has extended the contract to track the effectiveness of its long-running Tomorrow’s Sydney ad campaign right through to the eve of the election.
At the same time the Liberals have increased the budget six-fold to $1,129,623.
The contract was originally awarded to IPSOS – Eureka Social Research to end on 30 June 2017 but has now been extended to 28 February 2019, less than a month before the next state election in late March.
Tomorrow’s Sydney is the centrepiece of the Liberal Government’s propaganda drive to spruik disastrous Sydney light rail project. To date the State Government has spent $13.1 million on the campaign.
But naturally the ads don’t show the frustration that commuters, residents and businesses have had to face in the construction of the Sydney light rail, Sydney Metro and WestConnex toll road.
Nor do they address the secrecy and cost blowouts that have characterised Premier Berejiklian’s infrastructure projects.
Quotes attributable to Shadow Transport Minister Jodi McKay
“This is nothing more than political polling disguised as research.
“People have had to endure a barrage of propaganda trying to tell them how good the Liberals’ infrastructure program is when they can see for themselves the disaster that is the light rail.
“Businesses along the light rail route have gone to the wall and the Premier and her Transport Minister think it’s acceptable to spend more than a million dollars asking people how they think light rail and WestConnex are going.
“People can see with their own eyes the waste and mismanagement and they will mark the Berejiklian government down for it at the next state election – a $1m polling exercise is not going to change that.”