HoS Editorial slams Electoral Finance Bill

Editorial: Law on election spending is affront to freedom of speech – 19 Aug 2007 – NZ Herald: New Zealand National news

The editorial from the Herald on Sunday pulls no punches.
[quote]It is hard to imagine a piece of legislation more ill-conceived or repugnant to the New Zealand version of democracy. It is ill-conceived because it hits big spenders and backyard single-issue battlers alike: the Exclusive Brethren’s campaign was sustained, as it transpired, by false declarations about who had authorised the advertisements – a clear breach of electoral law which required no legislative change to deal with it.

And it is repugnant because it means that small community groups – whose opinions are every bit as valid as those of big business or obscure and well-heeled religious sects – are caught by its scattergun blast.[/quote]

Yes indeed, ill conceived and repugnant, much like the government.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.