Salient article about the Electoral Finance Bill

Salient » The Devil is in the Details

Salient has an article by Dave Crampton and Matthew Slater (no relation) about the dramatic attack on free speech by the Electoral Finance Bill. A very good article that covers all the major aspects of the bill that seriously erodes our rights.

[quote]The Electoral Finance Bill, planned almost immediately following the 2005 general election, was initially welcomed by public lawyers and free speech advocates in New Zealand alike. It was heralded as a way to introduce transparency into our electoral system, identifying political donors, controlling party spending, and limiting the potential for third-party interference. However, when the Bill was introduced, these supporters were shocked. The Bill was barely recognisable from what had been first proposed; its first two goals were ripped from the page and implementation of the one remaining – control of third parties – vastly overstepped what had been expected.[/quote]

If you don't yet know what this Bill is all about you can't go far wrong reading this article.

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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. 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 who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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