A good law change

NSW is moving in the right direction, something that we need to look at here in New Zealand.

SPENDING by unions during an election campaign will be significantly curtailed and they will be banned from paying millions of dollars in affiliation fees to the NSW Labor Party under a proposed shake-up of election funding laws in NSW.

A bill introduced to Parliament yesterday by the Premier, Barry O’Farrell, also bans political donations from corporations and other groups by allowing them only by individuals on the electoral roll.

But so-called ”third party” groups without a direct political affiliation, such as business groups and Unions NSW, may still spend up to $1.05 million during an election campaign.

We desperately need this here. The law should be changed to only allow natural persons to belong to political parties. I’d also agree to only allowing donations from natural persons as well.

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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.  And 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 that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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