Labour continues to break the law

After being referred to the Police for prosecution by the Electoral Commission for their Stop Asset Sales flyer that was mailed to households Labour promised to desist from sending out illegal brochures.

“Labour has advised the commission that it will abide by the commission’s interpretation of the legislation. It has withdrawn the pamphlet from circulation, along with another similar publication. Between now and the election, it will apply a wide interpretation of the phrase ‘election advertisement’, and include formal promoter statements in the terms recommended by the commission on all such material.”

After my post yesterday asking for examples of rule breaking to be sent in I can now confirm that Labour, contrary to their promise to the Electoral Commission has continued to send out their illegal brochures.

These brochures were received today in his mailbox in West Auckland. My tipster writes:

Saw your post on the blog asking for copies of items received.  Attached are scans of items I received in the past 3 days in my letterbox in west auckland.

The image with the scenic view I received 2 copies of in 2 days and the other 2 images of the food baskets comparisons I received today.

Labour Party brochure without authorisation

Labour party brochure without authorisation

As you can see this brochure carries no authorisation statement as required by law, and also carries the Parliamentary Crest to show that the taxpayers have footed the bill.

Labour has deliberately lied to the media, to the Electoral Commission and to the New Zealand public. They issued their press statement promising to stop sending out illegal brochures on 9 July. The brochure was delivered yesterday 20 July, some 11 days later. This cannot be a mistake, it has to be a deliberate flouting of the rules.

I will now lay another complaint with the Electoral Commission about Labour’s continued breaking of electoral law.


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  • What is it with Labour, and the party’s continued disregard of electoral law. Are they stupid? Do they think that no-one will notice? Or are they just so desperate to get attention that they will continually flout the law with born-to-rule arrogance until a meaningful sanction is delivered.

    The time has come to stop Labour’s systematic rorting of the system. I don’t pay taxes so that Labour can spend my money on illegal campaigning. I hope that others are as pissed off by this as Cam as and as I am, and that somehow we can get the MSM to take an interest on Labour’s deliberate misuse of taxpayer funds.

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  • dangermice

    yip yip yip, I got one of the ‘NZ is not for sale’ ones in west ackland yesterday. Gave it to the dog to rip up.

    • dangermice

      She just sniffed it, looked at me with disgust and walked away. Even dogs don’t want to touch Labour

  • thor42

    I think that the maximum penalty ($40k) is so pitiful that Labour just don’t care – even if they *are* nailed.
    I’ll bet that if the maximum penalty were raised to (say) $5 million or so (and a jail term for the leader), they might have second thoughts about doing this. Not now though, with the “wet bus ticket” penalty.
    They’re so desperate to get back into power that they’ll do **whatever it takes**, and legality be damned.

  • hollyfield

    I love the way the scanned images show the pamphlet as water damaged and dirty. It looks so unwanted – nobody cares for it.

    Seems appropriate, doesn’t it?