The Bligh Government has made a complete mockery of its “Buy Local” flood recovery campaign after buying cheap imported T-shirts from overseas to promote the program.
The 1500 shirts emblazoned with “Buy local, Back QLD” were to be handed out to promote Premier Anna Bligh‘s Operation Queenslander campaign, touting struggling businesses after the summer natural disasters.
However, the Government has admitted to a “gross error of judgment” in ignoring local manufacturers and instead buying almost $10,000 worth of T-shirts made in Bangladesh and the US.
Insiders believe the Government was trying to buy the shirts on the cheap as the price of $5.12 each totalling $7687 cost less than local shirts priced at up to $10 each.
But the decision left manufacturers such as Cairns-based Shirts North out in the cold.
“Business is a bit slow . . . and we would have appreciated that,” spokeswoman Esme Corrigan said.