Broadcasting Allocation 'Bizarre' - Prebble
ACT Leader Richard Prebble says the allocation of election broadcasting funds is bizarre.
"The ACT Party is prepared to pay for its own electronic advertising but isn't allowed to," Mr Prebble said. "We are forced to accept money from the taxpayer."
Mr Prebble said the system was supported by the two main parties because it prevented parties with fresh new ideas getting access to the airwaves.
"The system supports a party like Labour that can't persuade its own members to give a dollar.
"Our system here in New Zealand equates to censorship - in other countries where there is state funding of election broadcasting, the parties are still able to buy their own advertising as well.
"Media professionals say you need around 35 prime time ads to sell any product - ACT's allocation equates to half that. It's not enough to sell soap."