"What are the laws about political advertising? Are ads at election time true, and what can we do if they're not?"

Thanks for your question.

There are two main laws that cover political advertising in Australia – the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 and the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918.

These laws relate to the regulation – such as access, timing, identification and authorisation – of political advertising, rather than the content or opinions expressed in each advertisement.

ACMA (the Australian Communications and Media Authority) and the AEC (Australian Electoral Commission) have responsibility for ensuring the regulations are followed.

There is currently no legal requirement for content to be factually correct.

If you are concerned about an election advertisement, you can contact the advertiser directly and/or your local member of Parliament.

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