In the Business Council of Australia's war against the country's 28.5% company tax rate, the group recruited a young, wide-eyed bartender to give her thoughts.
The BCA calls itself "a forum for the chief executives of Australia’s largest companies". People immediately smelled some bullshit.
Why would a young bartender be so worried about the company tax rate?
Beer-pullers are surely worried about other stuff right?
The link between bringing down the company tax rate and job creation isn't exactly always direct.
Maybe it's on her ~list~ of priorities. Who knows.
Unions and progressive lobby groups stepped up the trolling, forcing the BCA to clarify that she's a "#realbartender".
But then someone noticed the pub being used for the campaign is The Havey in South Australia, which is owned by a guy linked to a hotel lobby group.
A recent photo from The Havey confirms the existence of the same window, stairs and wooden taps.
BuzzFeed News called The Havey and confirmed the photo was taken at the pub. Yes, the woman in the photo was a bartender.
A staff member said the bartender had been told not to talk to anyone asking for her to expand on her views regarding company tax reform.
Correction: A previous version of this article included the insinuation that the BCA had silenced the bartender. The BCA has since told BuzzFeed News that's not the case. A spokesperson says the group has no association with the pub or its owner.
Mark Di Stefano is a media and politics correspondent for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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