Human rights agency's outcry gains it new respect on Right

Human rights agency's outcry gains it new respect on RightIn the campaign against the Electoral Finance Bill, the Human Rights Commission has gained respectability on the Right for the strength of its submission against the bill.
The commission described it as a "dramatic assault" on…
[NZ Politics]

The Human Right Commission has stood firm in its condemnation of the Electoral Finance Bill and for that it must be commended.

[quote]"Section 14 of the Bill of Rights states that 'everyone has the right to freedom of expression, including the freedom to seek, receive and impart information and opinions of any kind in any form'. As the [Electoral Finance Bill] seeks to limit election advertising and electoral activity it clearly infringes section 14.

"The Bill of Rights Act permits a right to be limited in certain circumstances. The test … involves considering whether the limit of restriction pursues a sufficiently important goal to warrant overriding the right and then whether the means chosen to achieve this is proportional.

" … an informed electorate is in the public interest and the inroads on freedom of expression which will result from the bill are disproportionate and, in the commission's opinion, do not amount to a reasonable justification under section 5 of the Bill of Rights Act."[/quote]


Do you want:

  • Ad-free access?
  • Access to our very popular daily crossword?
  • Access to daily sudoku?
  • Access to Incite Politics magazine articles?
  • Access to podcasts?
  • Access to political polls?

Our subscribers’ financial support is the reason why we have been able to offer our latest service; Audio blogs. 

Click Here  to support us and watch the number of services grow.

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.

Tagged:
48%