Labour spending changes change nothing

Nats slam new spending rules as a failure – New Zealand, world, sport, business & entertainment news on Stuff.co.nz

Labour through Speaker Margaret Willson have made changes to how parliamentary spending is handled that basically gives Labour a free reign to continue to do as they have for the past eight years. That is run a State Funded election campaign.

They have amended the rules to say that if they get permission first then no matter what findings are subsequently found they don’t have to pay any money back.

They are also seeking to ram through legislation to further extend the retrospective legislation that legitimised their theft last time.

The Appropriation (Continuation of Interim Meaning of Funding for Parliamentary Purposes) Bill will define electioneering in a way that is “substantively the same” as is currently in place, according to a briefing note on the bill obtained by the Star-Times. Current legislation expires on December 31 and the new bill will itself expire on June 30, 2009, just months short of the next election.

Labour through this bill and through the Electoral Finance Bill is seriously looking at protecting incumbency and at the same time providing de-facto State Funding of political parties whilst curtailing our basic freedom to speech.

Contrary to most commentators I no predict that the EFB will be substantially the same if not more draconian and will even seek to introduce State Funding of political parties.

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