08/06/2021 - 12:00

Hastie, Porter lead on Facebook ad spend

08/06/2021 - 12:00

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More than $60,000 was spent by federal WA MPs on Facebook advertising over the past three months, according to recent financial disclosures published by the social media giant.

Hastie, Porter lead on Facebook ad spend
Christian Porter (left) and Andrew Hastie. Photos: Attila Csaszar and Matt Jelonek

More than $60,000 was spent by federal Western Australian MPs on Facebook advertising over the past three months, according to recent financial disclosures published by the social media giant.

Of that amount, close to half was spent by just two individuals: Andrew Hastie, who has represented the electorate of Canning since 2015 and has served as assistant defence minister since December, and Christian Porter, who served as attorney general for four years before being made industry minister in March.

Mr Hastie, who is outspoken on national security issues and is thought to be a close ally of Prime Minister Scott Morrison, is widely considered an ascendent figure in the Liberal Party of Australia and a possible future defence minister.

Mr Porter, conversely, was shifted out of the attorney general position following an ABC report into sexual assault allegations pertaining to a cabinet minister; Mr Porter later identified himself as the accused minister in question and undertook defamation action against the ABC.

The two parties settled out of court this past week.

Mr Hastie spent $15,140 on Facebook advertising between March 8 and June 5, while Mr Porter spent $13,652.

They were the only federal MPs from WA to spend more than $10,000 on advertising on the site in that period.

Ben Morton, Josh Wilson and Patrick Gorman were the next highest spenders, respectively paying $7,325, $6,465 and $6,154 for advertisements, while Vince Connelly, Jordon Steele-John, Matthew O'Sullivan, Matthew Keogh, Louise Pratt and Madeleine King all spent more than $1,000 each on advertising.

Melissa Price, Celia Hammond, Ian Goodenough, Anne Aly and Ken Wyatt, meanwhile, all purchased advertising for fewer than $1,000 each, while Linda Reynolds and Rick Wilson are listed as spending fewer than $100 each.

Steve Irons and Nola Marino were the only lower house MPs who are not listed as spending anything on Facebook advertising.

Facebook’s financial disclosures also show several federal MPs from outside of WA spending on advertising in the state, with Mr Morrison spending $2,165 on adverts.

Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese was the next highest spending out-of-state MP, with $1,637 spent on adverts, followed by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg at $1,123 and Deputy Opposition Leader Richard Marles at $797.

Queensland MP George Christensen was the biggest spender on advertising outside of the federal cabinet or shadow ministry, listed as spending $776, followed by ACT MP Andrew Leigh, who spent $624.

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