Programme launches and events

The nature and timing of programme launches and events in the pre-election period, especially those that are high profile or involve Ministers or MPs, must be carefully considered and managed to ensure the State services remain politically neutral.

Agencies can take steps to reduce the risk that launches or events may somehow call into question the political impartiality of the agency. For example, by ensuring that the event’s supporting material is strictly impartial and factual and the agency does not become drawn into any political aspects of an event.

In some cases, it may be appropriate to defer high-profile events involving the Minister until after the election.

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