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Qld ALP cleared on ad breach claim: govt

AAP logoAAP 11/10/2016 Stuart Layt

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says she won't repay the cost of producing and distributing a document the Liberal National Party claims breached advertising rules.

She says this is because her director-general has advised the document, which gives an update on the minority Labor government's progress on election promises, doesn't breach any rules.

The Labor government released the document in June, almost 18 months after it enjoyed a shock election victory.

LNP leader Tim Nicholls on Tuesday attacked Labor for what he said were 31 separate breaches of the government's own rules, which prohibit political statements or attacks.

Mr Nicholls asked in state parliament whether Ms Palaszczuk would personally repay the cost of production and distribution.

"Does the premier concede that this new breach represents a pattern of improper behaviour prohibited by the government's code of conduct and the Fitzgerald principles?" he asked.

Ms Palaszczuk later tabled advice indicating the document didn't fall under any relevant codes.

"I have received advice from the director-general of the Department of Premier and Cabinet that this report does not represent government advertising," she said.

The advice indicated "the document is a report, not an advertising campaign, and thus is not subject to the code of conduct".

"The reality is the report was published on the website when it was released and was not subject to any paid advertising in Queensland or elsewhere," Ms Palaszczuk said.

The premier also took the opportunity to highlight the cost of the former LNP government's "Strong Choices" campaign to publicise its asset sales agenda prior to the 2015 election.

"It was produced at taxpayers expense, and the subject of a $20 million advertising campaign," she said.

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