Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Electoral Finance Law Gags Voice of Trusts

MEDIA RELEASE
3 December 2007

Electoral Finance Law Gags Voice of Trusts

Two prominent lobby groups Family First NZ and Sensible Sentencing Trust are highlighting just how far reaching and draconian the Electoral Finance Bill will be if passed by the government and supporting parties this week.

Both trusts had planned on sending a brochure to every household in NZ next year in a similar fashion to what political parties do. The brochures would have highlighted issues important to each of the trusts and shown how the political parties have each responded to those concerns. This would have been paid for through donations from members and supporters with no taxpayer funding.

However, Family First has gained a quote to do this and discovered that it would be banned under the Electoral Finance Bill.

“The cost of just the brochures and envelopes is quoted at $135,000, and then there is the cost of postage to add on,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ. “However, the proposed electoral law restricts 3rd party advertising to $120,000.”

“The Electoral Finance Bill will mean that this simple one-off activity of placing one brochure into the hands of NZ homes in 2008 to present our concerns will be illegal. This is perfect proof of just how restrictive this bill is.”

“Publicly supported charitable groups will be effectively restricted from getting their message out in the most effective way during the election year. And meanwhile, political parties will be spending up to $10 million to push their agenda having no problem sending their message to every letterbox, and advertising on tv and in newspapers as well.”

Family First and Sensible Sentencing Trust believe that voters have as much right to be heard as politicians during an election year.
ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Decision Day: Peters Chooses Labour

Winston Peters says he will form a Government in coalition with Labour and the Greens giving confidence and supply.

Peters said he had been offered the position of Deputy Prime Minister and a number of other ministerial posts would go to his colleagues

He said economic and monetary policy changes were needed to face a coming economic downturn.>>>More

Reaction

Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome

 

Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>

ALSO:


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election