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


King says one copy of ‘illegal’ brochure in cap

Bill English MP
National Party Deputy Leader

8 April 2008

King says one copy of ‘illegal’ brochure to be included in cap

National Party Deputy Leader Bill English says Annette King has told Parliament that Labour will include the 20 cent cost of one Labour Party brochure in its election spending after the Electoral Commission ruled it was an election ad.

“It stretches credibility to suggest that Labour went to all the trouble of publishing this election brochure so it could distribute only one copy. But because Annette King said it in Parliament, she must be taken at her word.

“Frankly, I do not know if the public will believe that. Furthermore, in a bid to distance itself from the anti-National parallel campaigns being planned by affiliated unions, Labour has purged evidence of its close relationship with those unions from its website.

“Labour now appears to support the view that groups involved in the administration of a political party can legally register and be allowed to run parallel political attack campaigns – yet at the same time it is trying to disguise its own close links with some of those groups.”

Mr English says Labour is so embarrassed to have become the first party to breach its own self-serving electoral rules that it has produced material from National’s 2005 archives as an example of supposedly illegal election advertising.

“This is truly desperate stuff. The reality is an arrogant Labour Party has been caught out breaking its own rules and it doesn’t like it.

“Labour’s punitive law intentionally set out to curb its critics and screw the scrum for the 2008 election. In the past week that stark reality has been laid in front of New Zealanders.”

For instance:

- Labour won't be prosecuted for breaking the rules but the next offender will be.

- Unions represented on Labour’s ruling council can spend up to $120,000 on anti-National parallel campaigns.

- Authorities haven't investigated potentially illegal billboards put up by Labour support parties the Greens and New Zealand First.

“While everyone else is paralysed because of the legal confusion, there is a parade of taxpayer-funded ads on TV every night promoting Labour’s policies. This is evidence that Labour's anti-democratic law is working just as it intended.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Not Easy: Gordon Campbell On The Greens’ Ongoing Problems

Hard to treat the Greens’ belated decision to stand a candidate in Ohariu as being anything other than a desperation move, by a party whose own leadership is evidently concerned about its chances of survival...

A few months ago, the Greens felt able to forego that role in Ohariu in order to help a beleaguered Labour Party get its candidate Greg O’Connor across the line, and knock Peter Dunne out of the parliamentary frame. More>>


Closing The Gap: Ardern Rules Out Income Tax Rise

After earlier commitments by Jacinda Ardern to do something about inequality and poverty, this new position on income tax seems an about face. To do something significant about inequality requires increases in income for those at the bottom and decreases for those at the top... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On DHB Deficits And Free Trade

Currently the world is looking on aghast at the Trump administration’s plans to slash Obamacare, mainly in order to finance massive tax changes that will deliver most of their gains to the wealthy. Lives will be lost in the trade-off. Millions of Americans stand to lose access to the healthcare they need... More>>

Greens' Response: Slum-Like Rentals Exposed In Renting Review

“...The grim findings of the review are a wakeup call about the true state of rentals in this country. Too many renters are festering in slum-like conditions under the thumb of landlords who have largely unchecked powers and ignore tenants’ complaints when it suits them.” More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Life And Times Of Peter Dunne

The unkind might talk of sinking ships, others could be more reminded of a loaded revolver left on the desk by his Cabinet colleagues as they closed the door behind them, now that the polls in Ohariu had confirmed he was no longer of much use to National. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Campaign Launch

One of the key motifs of Ardern’s speech was her repeated use of the phrase – “Now, what?” Cleverly, that looks like being Labour’s response to National’s ‘steady as it goes’ warning against not putting the economic ‘gains’ at risk. More>>


Lyndon Hood: Social Welfare, Explained

Speaking as someone who has seen better times and nowadays mostly operates by being really annoying and humiliating to deal with, I have some fellow feeling with the current system, so I’ll take this chance to set a few things straight.. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election