Bill gives MPs big financial head-start on challengers

Bill gives MPs big financial head-start on challengersThe natural advantage that sitting MPs and incumbent Governments have always had over outside candidates and other parties will increase when the Electoral Finance Bill is passed.
The disadvantage for candidates will come mainly…
[NZ Politics]

Audreay Young shows how insidious the Bill is in protecting the interest of incumbent MP's and restricting the rights of ordinary Kiwi's to say what they please about any topic of concern.

[quote]And Parliament has made that easier after the Auditor-General's report on unlawful expenditure by most parties last election.

It decided that the rules and the Auditor-General rather than their own behaviour had been at fault and that the quick-fix was to impose a test that favours MPs.

So it passed a law allowing public funding of political advertising by an MP as long as votes or money are not solicited.

The advantage of incumbency for Governments comes from the large amounts spent in mass media to publicise important policies such as extending cheaper doctors' visits to Public Health Organisations.

AC Nielsen Media Research data on Government advertising shows that for June, July and August, state departments and agencies spent $24 million on advertising. That suggests that $100 million a year on Government advertising would not be out of the question.[/quote]

That is the precise reasoning behind the bill, to protect the incumbency of the Labour Party, aided and abetted by the poodle parties. 

 

 


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