Ad may land PUP in hot water

THE PALMER United Party has come under fire from the Liberals for a newspaper advertisement that depicts the name and photo of three Tasmanian party leaders.

The ad, which was published in a Tasmanian newspaper yesterday, shows Greens leader Nick McKim, Premier Lara Giddings and Liberal leader Will Hodgman on a western-style `Wanted' sign that says: "The three amigos, bring them all to account".

Liberal Party state director Sam McQuestion has written to electoral commissioner Julian Type to lodge a formal complaint about the advertisement, which was authorised by PUP Senator-elect Jacqui Lambie.

The letter reads "Given the egregious nature of this breach of the Act, I would be grateful if you would take immediate steps to commence a prosecution".

Under the Act it is illegal to publish the name and photo of other candidates without their written permission.

The fine for breaching that provision of the act is just under $40,000 and has a maximum jail time of 12 months.

Labor state secretary John Dowling said he did not think it would be necessary to lodge a formal complaint to Mr Type.

"It's there for all to see," Mr Dowling said.

Liberal campaign spokeswoman Vanessa Goodwin said the ad demonstrated the inexperience of PUP.

A spokesman for PUP said the complaint by the Liberals was a "beat up".

"Surely there's more important things to focus on," the spokesman said.

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