have on a false advertising campaign in order to convince the local population that all is well seems an extraordinary thing to do. However the Premier of this state plans to do just that. He is "tired of people talking it down".
Ummm.... hold on a moment. This state has the highest unemployment rate in the country. At 7.8% and edging towards 8% it is not something to boast about. Power prices are almost twice that as in a neighbouring state. Local business is choking in red tape and drowning in additional taxes.
The Premier knows all that. He also knows that the much lauded "submarine contract" is not the lifesaver it is being touted as. He knows that the "tourist attractions" of the Tour Down Under and the Clipsal 500 are not going to save the economy - however much he tries to pretend otherwise. If that little town in the north where they make steel really does go under - and it could - then it will not be the fault of the federal government but the fault of the state government. Of course the federal government will get the blame - just as they got the blame for the demise of the car industry.
The state is almost a basket case - almost. We could turn things around but it will take major policy changes - the sort that a government beholden to the union movement won't want to make.
We don't go to an election until the 17th March 2018. The "fixed term" of parliament was considered to be a good idea but there are many who must now regret it. The proposed advertising campaign will of course be subtle, or not so subtle, political advertising for the government. It will be just far enough away from the polling date for them to claim it is an "information" campaign - and just close enough that they hope it will persuade people to once again vote for them.
I can think of better ways to spend hundreds of millions of dollars. Almost certainly everyone I know will feel the same way - even the party faithful.
So, what would you spend say 100 million dollars on if you were the Premier of an almost basket case state?