Have your say on the Broadcasting Amendment Bill
04 November 2016
Have your say on the Broadcasting (Election Programmes and Election Advertising) Amendment Bill
Public submissions are now open on the Broadcasting (Election Programmes and Election Advertising) Amendment Bill, which is being considered by Parliament’s Justice and Electoral Committee.
The aim of the bill is to amend and update the Broadcasting Act 1989 in relation to political parties’ election programmes on television and radio.
If passed, the bill would remove the requirements for opening and closing addresses to be broadcast at election time, along with the need for Television New Zealand and Radio New Zealand to provide free broadcasting time for these addresses. The funds allocated to a political party will remain the limit on the party’s use of television and radio for party election programmes, but they would also be able to use that funding for Internet advertising. Other rules for the broadcasting of election programmes would remain in place.
Tell the Justice and Electoral Committee what you think.
Send your submission to us by midnight on Friday 18 November 2016.
For more details about the bill, visit the Parliament website: