Industry bodies deny responsibility for Clive Palmer’s anti-vax ads currently running on radio
The two industry bodies with oversight on the content and advertising of commercial radio in Australia have said they can do nothing about Clive Palmer’s anti-vaccination ads currently running on radio throughout Queensland.
The ads caught consumer attention over the weekend after running across a number of Grant Broadcasters stations.
The ads don’t appear to have a specific call-to-action, however do cast doubt over the COVID-19 vaccine and provide claims about vaccine-related deaths which has been debunked.
Radio Today has since attempted to get clarification from Grant Broadcasters over its responsibilities in airing the ads, but has not had a response.
A Commercial Radio Australia (CRA) spokesperson, meanwhile, simply said broadcasters are required to ensure political advertising includes the correct authorisation tags, and claimed “radio has no role in regulating the content of political ads such as this”.
Ad Standards, the wider advertising industry’s self-regulation body, also alluded to its lack of power in this instance.
“Ad Standards deals with complaints about advertising and marketing under the codes it administers. It is not able to consider complaints about truth and accuracy in political advertisements or statements about social or political issues. We suggest that members of the public who have concerns about Mr Palmer’s statements get in touch with the Federal Department of Health or their member of Parliament,” a spokesperson said.
Palmer himself is no longer a politician, however he has continued agitating with his Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party. The party contested the 2019 Federal election, spending $60 million on advertising, but was unsuccessful in gaining any seats.
In September last year, the Australian Electoral Commission issued a notice to Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party warning it was considering deregistering the party on the grounds that it has ceased to have at least 500 members.
The ads in question don’t actually mention Palmer’s political affiliations, but rather just say: “Australia has had one COVID-19 associated death in 2021. But the TGA reports that there’s been 210 deaths and over 24,000 adverse reactions after COVID vaccinations. Authorised by Clive Palmer, Brisbane.”
Both the ABC and the TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration) have previously dismissed the claim that COVID-19 vaccinations caused 210 deaths. Instead, one death, in April this year, has been linked to the jab.