Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Parliament should counter corporate patronage

8 May 2000

Parliament should counter corporate patronage

Green Party co-leader Rod Donald is urging parliament to face up to the need for adequate state funding of political parties to even-up the electoral playing field.

His call follows revelations that TV3 made election year donations to only National and Labour, with both main parties receiving over $1.6 million each from all sources including private donations and state broadcasting allocations.

"Parliament should counter the imbalance caused by corporate donations going to mainly National and Labour by introducing adequate and equitable state funding for political parties," said Mr Donald.

"In the interests of achieving a healthy democracy I hope the electoral select committee will tackle this issue squarely as part of their review of the last election instead of avoiding it as we did under the last government," he said.

"I know state funding is not popular with the public but the alternative - corporate patronage - is far worse."

The 1986 Royal Commission on the Electoral System recommended direct state funding of registered political parties and independent candidates.

In Australia parties receive around $1.50 per vote providing they reach a qualifying threshold. In some countries the state pays for a mail out to all voters to ensure they are well informed on party policies.

"We already have considerable state funding now through a $2 million state broadcasting allocation for TV and radio. The electronic broadcasting spending regime also needs to be reviewed. At the moment individual candidates can spend up to $20,000 of their own money on their electorate campaign but parties are not allowed to spend one cent of their own money on their national campaign.

"The rules work heavily in favour of the big parties. For example National and Labour received over $600,000 each in 1999, 14 times the Green Party's allocation, yet National only won six times our vote," he said.

"The current rules clearly reinforce the status quo."

Ends

Rod Donald MP: 025 507 183 Jonathan Hill (press secretary) 04 470 6719, 021 110 1133


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Malaysia Exposing Our Dodgy Policies On China

Last week, we all owed a vote of thanks to Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad for breaking with protocol during his bilateral meeting in Singapore with New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern. Reportedly, Mahathir used the photo opportunity phase of the meeting – which usually involves just an exchange of smiles and pleasantries before the media is sent out of the room – to launch into matters of genuine substance.

By doing so, Mahathir usefully exposed how New Zealand is trying to make a virtue out of sitting on the fence over the South China Sea dispute. More>>

 

Climate Change: Top Academics Call On Government To Take Action

One hundred and fifty academics and researchers from around Aotearoa, including Dame Anne Salmond, Emeriti Professors and several Fellows of the Royal Society, have signed a strongly-worded open letter to the Government demanding bold and urgent action to tackle climate change. More>>

ALSO:

Teacher Qualifications, Class Sizes: Ten Year Plan For Early Learning

“Moving towards 100 percent qualified teachers in early childhood education centres and improving adult:child ratios are among some of the key proposals for change put forward by the sector and experts in the new draft ten year strategic plan for early learning,” Chris Hipkins said. More>>

ALSO:

Teacher Strikes: Meeting, March And Rally In Wellington

Throughout the Wellington region the NZEI rolling strikes entered their final day Friday. Thousands of teachers met in Wellington, Kapiti, Porirua and the Wairarapa. More>>

ALSO:

14/11: Two Years’ Progress Since The Kaikoura Earthquake

Mayor John Leggett said it was a day for reflection, but also a time to recognise the work by many people to support progress towards recovery made across Marlborough since November 2016. More>>

ALSO:

Pike River: Mine Drift Re-Entry Plan To Proceed

“I’ve decided the Te Kāhui Whakamana Rua Tekau Mā Iwa - Pike River Recovery Agency, recommended course of action to enter the drift, using the existing access tunnel, is by far the safest option,” said Andrew Little. More>>

ALSO:

Appointments: New High Commissioner To Australia Announced

“Dame Annette King needs no introduction given her long running career as a parliamentarian where she has previously held a number senior Cabinet portfolios, including Justice, Police and Health. She also was Parliament’s longest serving female MP with 30 years’ service,” said Mr Peters. More>>

ALSO:

Two Years Since Kaikoura: Silvia Cartwright To Lead Inquiry Into EQC

“The inquiry will be the first of its kind under the Public Inquiries Act 2013 and will have all the powers of a Royal Commission, be independent of Government and make its report directly to the Governor-General. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels