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


UnitedFuture will support revised EFB

UnitedFuture will support revised Electoral Finance Bill

UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne says his party will support the Electoral Finance Bill now that it has been substantially rewritten by the justice and electoral select committee.

“From the time of the Bill’s introduction we have argued that the original Bill’s provisions regarding third party participation in election campaigns were obnoxious and needed to be rewritten to ensure that the registration process applies only to those third parties who genuinely seek to mount campaigns around the election.

“We also argued that the definition of election advertising needed reworking to make it clear that it relates only to activities that third parties undertake that could be seen as seeking to influence voters to vote for a specific party or group of parties; and, that $60,000 cap needs to be substantially lifted to enable their campaigns to be somewhat more than token.

“UnitedFuture also wanted tighter and more transparent disclosure requirements for individual and corporate donations to political parties, and we called for specific provisions regarding official government advertising during election campaigns to make sure this is not covert election advertising.

“In the event, all these concerns have been addressed by the select committee, and we are therefore prepared to support the Bill, without further amendment, through its remaining stages in Parliament, although we will not support any moves to progress it under Urgency,” Mr Dunne says.

Mr Dunne says a fair and workable electoral financing regime is an important element of a functioning democracy and, “as the excesses of the last election showed, we do not have that at present, hence the need for change.”

“UnitedFuture is, however, still critical of the process followed by the government in progressing this legislation.

“It has been our belief all the way through that electoral law of this type should be made on the basis of the widest political support possible, which is why we successfully promoted the inclusion of all parties on the select committee looking at the Bill.

“However, while we have been satisfied at the degree of involvement we have been able to have in securing the changes we were seeking, we remain disappointed that neither Labour nor National were prepared to lay politics aside and work together on this issue.

“I had meetings with both the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition to urge them to engage in all-party discussions regarding the shape and content of the Electoral Finance Bill, but both have declined to do so, which indicates to me that both are as guilty as each other of playing politics on the issue, and seeking to preserve their respective positions of advantage.

“Looking to the future, UnitedFuture believes there should be an independent inquiry into all aspects of election financing, including the vexed question of state funding of political parties, in time for major change to be implemented for the 2011 election and beyond,” Mr Dunne says.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: Zimbabwe - Meet The New Bosses

At 75, Mnangagwa is not exactly what you’d call a new broom. As many observers have pointed out, his track record has been one of unswerving dedication to Mugabe ever since the days of anti-colonial insurgency...

The falling out with Mugabe two weeks ago came only after Mugabe attempted to build a dynastic succession around his wife, Grace. Mnangagwa fled to South Africa, from where he orchestrated an Army coup led by his long–time ally, General Constantino Chiwenga, head of the country’s armed forces. To these guys, things had to change in Zimbabwe, so that things could remain the same. More>>


Cullen To Chair: Tax Working Group Terms Of Reference Announced

Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Revenue Minister Stuart Nash today announced the Terms of Reference for the Tax Working Group and that the Group will be chaired by Sir Michael Cullen. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them. More>>


Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>


Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>


Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election