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

 


Democracy Attacks Back


Democracy Attacks Back


Click for big version
Auckland Billboard

******

The Free Speech Coalition has launched a billboard campaign today against the parties which voted for the Electoral Finance Act.

"The Electoral Finance Act was correctly labeled by the New Zealand Herald as an "Attack on Democracy" so we think it is fitting that Democracy should attack back." Said spokesperson David Farrar


Click for big version

Three billboards are initially going up. One in Auckland targeting Helen Clark, one in Tauranga for Winston Peters and one in Wellington for Peter Dunne. They are a clear statement that we regard their legislation as anti-democratic and unconstitutional. MPs are there to serve the public, not to silence the public.

As Peter Dunne did flip-flop at the last second and vote against at the final reading, we are considering amending the Wellington billboard. The original and revised billboards are attached and we are seeking feedback from the public as to which one they think should go up.



Click for big version

We do not know whether these billboards will breach the Electoral Finance Act after 1 January. If they are deemed election advertisements which advocate against a party then we will be in breach of the law if we do not register as a third party. For that reason we yesterday filed a request with the Electoral Commission to register.

It is possible however they could be considered election advertisements advocating against a candidate. In that scenario the limit is $4,000 and we would be breaking the law to keep these billboards up in January. This just illustrates how unclear the new law is. The Coalition will be asking the Electoral Commission for advice as we do not wish to break the law.

We hope the public enjoy the billboards over summer. We only have funding to keep them up for a month but will be asking people to donate to keep them up longer, or to allow us to roll out more billboards in more cities.

ENDS *Contact: David Farrar, spokesperson for the Free Speech Coalition, 027 447 0216*

*Q&A on the Free Speech Coalition Billboards*

1. *Where are they going up?*

The Helen Clark billboard is was put up today near Auckland Airport at the corner of Kirkbride Road and George Bolt Drive. It is a 12x3 metre site. It was then hit by some obscure government policy which prohibits "controversial" ads on schools and was taken down despite a commercial contract in place for use of the site.

It is going back up 1.30 pm this afternoon on the corner of Carbine Road and the South-Eastern Highway, which incidentally is a far busier location.

The Winston Peters billboard will go up Thursday in Tauranga at the corner of Jean Batten Drive and Hewletts Road, Mt Maunganui.

The Wellington billboard goes up in early January on Jervois Quay, just north of Willeston Street.

1. *What is the rationale for each billboard?*

We have carefully selected an appropriate authoritarian for each billboard.

Helen Clark has been a trenchant critic of Fiji's Commodore Bainimarama for his unconstitutional activities. She fails to see the parallel with the Electoral Finance Bill which restricts criticism of her Government. Like Bairimarama she is convinced she is pursuing noble ends, and believes this justifies the means.

Winston Peters of course has just been to North Korea as a guest of their Dear Leader, Kim Jong-Il. We are sure his hosts would support the state restricting what citizens can say against the Government.

Peter Dunne has been an admirable champion of human rights for the Taiwanese, and the Greens likewise have admirably defended the human rights of Tibet. But for paying more attention to human rights overseas, and ignoring the NZ Human Rights Commission, the congratulations from Mao seem appropriate as it is a double standard he would be proud of.

* *

*3. Some of those leaders have done terrible things. Are you saying the Government here is as bad as them?*

No, of course not. We are saying their forcing through of the Electoral Finance Bill against massive opposition and in breach of longstanding constitutional conventions is a step in the direction of authoritarianism, and that one step along that path is a step too far.

We note that both the Dominion Post and the NZ Herald have given out a Kim Jong-Il award this week, to a New Zealand MP. This is in a similar spirit as those awards.

4. *How much are the billboards costing and who paid for them?*

The three sites combined cost $7,000 for a month's rental. There are some production costs on top of that.

The Free Speech Coalition has had donations from scores of New Zealanders, and all donors get listed on our website at www.killthebill.org.nz

5. *How can people support the Free Speech Coalition*

By donating to allow us to keep running more billboards. Our creative team is ready and waiting to go. People can donate online with a credit card at www.killthebill.org.nz, can post donations to PO Box 12270, Thorndon, Wellington or do Internet Banking transfers into BNZ Account 02-0500-0908920-00

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Tokenism Of New Zealand's Role Against Islamic State

To date, the Opposition has continued to occupy itself with the marginalia of the issue. E.g. whether Key did or didn’t know whether Barack Obama would be present at the US briefing last week on IS, or whether New Zealand’s military involvement is or isn’t already a fait accompli.

It might be better to tackle the issue, head on. Our contribution against IS will be to send SAS forces to train the Iraqis? That’s like offering trainers to General Custer just as the 7th cavalry reached the Little Big Horn.
More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Scoop Business: Shell And Todd Caught Drilling Without Approval

Multi-national oil company Shell’s New Zealand arm and local energy giant Todd Energy have breached the new law governing New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone, the Environmental Protection Authority says in an Oct. 10 document released by the Green Party. More>>

ALSO:

Labour: Tea Breaks 'Gone By Lunch Time'

“How cynical that on the eve of Labour weekend, the National government is pushing through legislation that takes away the statutory right to tea and meal breaks along with collective bargaining protections, and makes vulnerable workers jobs even less secure." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Pharmac, Gough Whitlam And Sleater-Kinney

We’re not at the outset of these negotiations. The outset was six years ago, and negotiators were hoping to have some sort of ‘framework’ deal finished in time for the APEC meeting in a few weeks’ time. These ‘extreme’ positions are what we’ve reached near the intended end of the negotiations… More>>

ALSO:

PM Of Many Hats: October 22 — Parliament Today

Dr RUSSEL NORMAN (Co-Leader – Green) to the Prime Minister: How many times since November 2008 has he spoken with blogger Cameron Slater on the phone and how many times, if any, has he texted him?
Rt Hon JOHN KEY (Prime Minister): None in my capacity as Prime Minister. More>>

ALSO:

Aussie Investigation Dropped: Call On Minister McCully To Pursue The Case Of Balibo Five

West Papua Action is deeply concerned at the lack of any clear outcome from the Australian Federal Police inquiry into the 1975 deaths of the ‘Balibo Five’ including NZ journalist Gary Cunningham. More>>

ALSO:

'Feed The Kids' Bill: Metiria Turei To Lead Fight On Feeding Hungry Children

Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei is urging all political parties to support the Feed the Kids Bill which she inherited today from Mana leader Hone Harawira. More>>

ALSO:

Parliament Today: State Opening Of Parliament

The House sat at 10.30am on Tuesday before MPs were summoned to hear the Speech from the Throne in the Legislative Council Chamber. More>>

ALSO:

Tertiary Education: Students Doing It Tough As Fees Rise Again

The Government is making it increasingly difficult for Kiwis to gain tertiary education as fees continue to rise and access to student support becomes even more restricted, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. More>>

ALSO:

Housing, Iraq: PM Press Conference – 20 October 2014

Prime Minister John Key met with press today to discuss:
• Housing prices and redevelopment in Auckland
• Discussions with Tony Abbott on the governmental response to ISIS, and New Zealand’s election to the UN Security Council More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news