Labour breaks its own law


Labour booklet runs gauntlet in Parliament – 07 Mar 2008 – NZ Herald: New Zealand National news

I find it incredible that it is Labour that the complaints to the Electoral Commission are flowing in about. They are breaking their own law, the law they brought in to “clean up” elections.

A booklet produced by Labour and paid for from parliamentary funds may be one of the first test cases put before the Electoral Commission since changes to electoral laws.

The commission will have to determine if it is, first, an election advertisement and, secondly, if it breaches the new Electoral Finance Act.

If it does breach the act, Labour’s secretary, Mike Smith, could be prosecuted and liable for a fine of $40,000 because the law requires all political advertisements to be authorised by a party or candidate’s financial agent.

The hypocrisy is breath-taking. Bad news for Anette “Commonsense” King comes from Helena Catt.

“Election advertisements are not defined by where the money comes from. They are defined by what they say. So there may be overlaps.”

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    “Labour breaks its own law”

    Not so WhaleOil – how can you break the law when you are above the law?

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