THE Queensland Opposition ambushed Premier Anna Bligh’s profile-enhancing appearance on Celebrity MasterChef, running ads attacking her Government during the TV program.Featuring an unflattering black and white close-up shot of Ms Bligh, the ad asks viewers: ”Can you think of just one thing Labor hasn’t lied about?”As the camera moves in closer on Ms Bligh’s face and the sound of a ticking clock is heard, the voiceover continues: ”Just one thing Labor hasn’t lied about? No? No amount of spin will cover up what Labor is doing to Queensland.”The ad was designed to negate any feel-good factor Ms Bligh’s appearance on MasterChef on Wednesday night might engender in voters.Yesterday the Acting Premier, Paul Lucas, described the Liberal National Party’s spoiling tactics as ”smart and tricky”.”It speaks volumes that they didn’t advertise [the LNP leader] John-Paul Langbroek up against the Premier because it wouldn’t be a very good comparison,” he said.But the LNP treasury spokesman, Tim Nicholls, said it was important to prompt voters to consider what Ms Bligh had told them before her March election and what had occurred since.Labor is trailing the LNP in opinion polls, amid voter anger about the scrapping of a petrol subsidy, increased car registration fees and the $16 billion sale of public assets.”I think it’s an appropriate time for Queenslanders to be asked the question when they are seeing her cooking on TV, to ask the question whether she has not been cooking the books,” Mr Nicholls said.”I think it’s going to take more than an extreme makeover in Queenslanders’ eyes to rehabilitate Anna Bligh and Labor.”Ms Bligh, who is now overseas on a trade trip, justified appearing on the celebrity version of Network Ten’s popular cooking show as a way to promote Queensland produce.But senior media advisers for the Government reportedly encouraged her television appearance in order to soften Ms Bligh’s image and boost her appeal among women.
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