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Political Parties Should Pay for Own Advertising


Political Parties Should Pay for Own Advertising

Wednesday 19 Jun 2002 Richard Prebble Press Releases -- Governance & Constitution

Today's allocation of broadcasting funding for political parties demonstrates why politicians should not be able to force the taxpayer to fund election campaigning," ACT leader Richard Prebble says.

"First, how can it be fair that Labour, which in some polls has almost twice as much support as National, gets the same funding? The reason is, of course, that the allocation is a two-party club, with representatives from National and Labour, and no other party, on the allocation committee.

"How can New Zealand First, which hasn't broken 5 percent in any reputable poll for three years, get the same funding as ACT and the Greens? And who on earth is the Outdoor Recreation Party?

"ACT believes political parties should pay for their own advertising. There may be a case for a funding limit but it should be the same for every party.

"Instead, we have what is basically a handicap system where the two old parties hog the TV time and then prevent others from advertising," Mr Prebble said.

ENDS


For more information visit ACT online at http://www.act.org.nz or contact the ACT Parliamentary Office at act@parliament.govt.nz.

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