Not plain sailing for Rudd

This is a great sledge against Kevin Rudd’s boat people policy. It just goes to show the power of people banding together. Funded by their own means, with a budget of $600, and now it is splashed all across the media in Australia.


A GROUP of middle-class Aussie taxpayers have funded their own political campaign posters designed to point out the “hypocrisy” of Kevin Rudd’s asylum seeker policy.

In response to the Federal Government’s multi-million dollar anti-asylum seeker ad campaign a group of twenty-somethings have created a parody of the ad, “designed to tell a different story and point out the hypocrisy and mean spirited asylum seeker policy”, according to one of the group’s members, freelance digital strategist, Jessica Miller.  

Three-metre tall posters were erected on George Street in Sydney over the weekend, featuring a picture of the Endeavour – the ship on which Captain Cook sailed to Australia’s shores – with a message that read: “You came here by boat without a visa, you settled in Australia”.

Ms Miller told that she wasn’t a particularly political person and said that neither she nor her affiliates were members of any political party or group but said that the “whole conversation around asylum seekers has deteriorated into real nastiness”.

“It was a pretty bad ad that the government put out,” she said. “To us it was just begging to be messed with”.

The posters cost the group about $600 to design, print and put up. Ms Miller said they would love to print out more but said they had already exhausted their budget.

“We don’t have a $35 million budget to keep printing it,” she said.

Kevin Rudd spent $30 million dollars on its ad blitz – which Ms Miller says is designed to “frighten middle class Australians” – than Coca Cola spends in a year, (roughly $22 million)

Rudd is finding a lot don’t agree with him, and is suffering in the polls. Whilst I agree with his policy of NO boat people, he might not have thought the PNG solution through properly.

The parody of the two posters alongside each other is quite good.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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