Statement about the Electoral Finance Act

January 1st, 2008 at 12:00 am by David Farrar

It is now 1 January 2008 and much political advocacy for or against a political party and/or candidate [Section 5(1)]is now regulated by the Electoral Finance Act, and treated as an election advertisement unless you qualify for an exemption.

I assert that this website is a blog and published by me on a non-commercial basis, and any views expressed on it by me are my personal political views and under paragraph (g) of Section 5(2) of the Electoral Finance Act, is not an election advertisement.

I further assert that this website is a news media Internet site and that all posts on here are written by me, as the editor, solely for the purpose of informing, enlightening or entertaining readers, and hence also is not an election advertisement under paragraph (d) of Section 5(2) of the Electoral Finance Act.

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45 Responses to “Statement about the Electoral Finance Act”

  1. Michaels (1,317 comments) says:

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  3. twelvevolts (1 comment) says:

    You’re knicked – Helen

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    HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

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  5. Tina (687 comments) says:

    It’s late but you deserve better…….

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  6. GNZ (228 comments) says:

    vote for the dumbest party you can find on the ballot paper – sure there is no McG serious party now but there has to be something fun. I want to see one of them get totally surprised and find themselves with a seat.

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  7. Josh (54 comments) says:

    A disgrace you even feel the need to make such a post. Let’s hope the Act is repealed before the next new year.

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  8. Flashman (184 comments) says:

    It’s appalling that this type of disclaimer has to be made.

    It’s otherwise inconceivable that this sort of thing is now a legal requirement in New Zealand. Obnoxious and abhorrent!

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  9. Richard Hurst (750 comments) says:

    Don’t vote for Labour, the Greens or Winston Fir..opps I mean New Zealand First.

    Vote for National.

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  10. Lee C (4,516 comments) says:

    Happy New Year to all.

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  11. Graeme Edgeler (3,262 comments) says:

    It’s appalling that this type of disclaimer has to be made.

    This type of disclaimer does not need to be made.

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  12. Lee C (4,516 comments) says:

    Why has he made it then?
    Either it is mischievious or based on legal advice, surely?

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  13. goodgod (1,363 comments) says:

    Why did you post this, Mr. Farrar? I expected you to raise the middle finger to Labour over the EFA – you made enough noise about it.

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  14. Monty (962 comments) says:

    Can you please do a post on 10 easy ways to break the law (with keeping in mind that I do not have $12,000 to spend on promoting why National / Act should be the party of choice and Labour is corrupt (along with poodles)

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  15. David Baigent (172 comments) says:

    New Zealand has had for a long time now a “tall poppy syndrome”.

    The Electoral Finance Act is simply going to intensifying this negative behaviour.

    The really evil aspect of this Law is that it provides the weapon and the ammunition needed to indulge in this sort of destruction.

    The natural defense is to keep your head down and move out of the danger zone.

    Just watch H1, H2, and Cullen get “trigger happy” and the exodus of the best and brightest exNZers accelerate.

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  16. dad4justice (7,718 comments) says:

    Will the authorities deal with critics of the liarbour regime through the penal system? Could kiwi Corrective Labor camps become a reality?
    The Klarkvik Revolution is on, bring on the Gulag!

    Once again Australia looks to be the big winner here .

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  17. Letterman (184 comments) says:

    Looks like the whole “civil disobedience” thing against the EFA has already begun: just heard that a group calling themselves “People Power” put a brick through the window of Helen Clarks Mt Albert Electorate office this morning, claiming the act to be the first act of civil disobedience against the EFA. According to my source, they wrote a bunch of messages on the brick as well? Anyone else know about this?

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  18. Letterman (184 comments) says:

    From Radio NZ:

    An attempt has been made to smash the window of the Prime Minister’s electorate office in Mount Albert.

    Radio New Zealand News received an email on Tuesday morning from a group calling itself People Power, saying a brick was tossed at the window in a protest against the Electoral Finance Act.

    A person was seen leaving the area on a scooter, and police intend to check the brick for DNA or fingerprints. Police say the window shattered but did not break.

    In 2004, activist Tim Selwyn smashed an axe through the window of Helen Clark’s electorate office, in a protest against the foreshore and seabed law. He was jailed for two months under sedition laws which have since been scrapped.

    Controversial legislation
    The Electoral Finance Act, which has come into force, means spending by political parties and campaign groups will be monitored from the start of the 2008 election year, rather than from three months before voting takes place.

    Under the law political parties and their candidates can spend up to $2.4 million dollars until election day.

    Designated third parties – groups or people who are campaigning on a partisan basis – can spend up to $120,000.

    Critics describe the restrictions on third party advertising and the extended campaign period as an attack on freedom of speech.

    But the Government says it is about ensuring money cannot be used to dominate campaigns.

    Review of security
    Security at the Prime Minister’s home in Auckland has been reviewed by police after two breaches in the past four months. Details of the incidents came to light on Sunday.

    In one case graffiti was left on the building. In another, a man who had robbed a nearby store hid in Helen Clark’s garden while he changed his clothes.

    Police have looked at procedures and Diplomatic Protection Squad staff have been debriefed. They have not revealed details of the review, saying they do not want to compromise future security arrangements.

    Police national operations manager, Superintendent Tony McLeod, says there was never a direct threat to Miss Clark from the incidents and her safety was not compromised.

    Copyright © 2007 Radio New Zealand

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  19. dad4justice (7,718 comments) says:

    What else did Klark expect ? Power to the people .

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  20. side show bob (3,660 comments) says:

    Letterman it dosen’t matter if you throw a brick through Dear Leaders window just make sure you don’t write “vote National” on it. I would say this will be the first of many.Anyhow best to start the new year off right, so “fuck liarbore vote National”

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  21. Letterman (184 comments) says:

    NZ Herald just picked it up:

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/1/story.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10484925

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  22. dad4justice (7,718 comments) says:

    A brick a day keeps Hulun at bay ? All and all she is just another brick in the wall. Have a bricking good new year Miss Tart !!

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  23. Mr Nobody NZ (397 comments) says:

    And so it begins……

    While I don’t condone or support the above behaviour perhaps a thread on forms of ‘passive resistance’ to this bill might be an idea DPF?

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  24. Richard Hurst (750 comments) says:

    Passive resistance would be to vote for any party that didn’t support the EFA.

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  25. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    The arrogant and deceitful leftist scum are up to their usual tricks in Australia too. “For the children” of course. Beats me that these arseholes get votes. They’re merely abusing democracy in pursuit of totalitarianism.

    I am convinced the roots of this so widespread destructive mindset are to be found in the education system. I guess if NZers were educated rather than indoctrinated, and able to fully understand that they are so casually throwing away the very freedoms their fathers and grandfathers died fighting for, they tyrants of socialism would be a lot less successful.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2007/12/31/2129471.htm

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  26. Letterman (184 comments) says:

    And now Newstalk ZB is running the brick story:

    http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/newsdetail1.asp?storyID=130099

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  27. David Farrar (1,853 comments) says:

    The brick stunt is stupid and I have just said so to Radio NZ.

    As for why I made the post, it was to illustrate the effect of the law, and to proactively post my “defence” in case people should complain. Someone a while back was offering money if I could get prosecuted so I suspect peopel will try it on.

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  28. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    “The brick stunt is stupid and I have just said so to Radio NZ. ”

    Its what has to happen. The control freak left are gradually shutting down all avenues of legitimate dissent. They will reap what they sow. More power to the brick throwers. It is the only language these totalitarian scum understand.

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  29. dc (173 comments) says:

    DPF have you had a legal opinion that you can you just declare yourself a “news media Internet site”? Although the term isn’t defined in the act (surprise!) surely this blog isn’t part of what most people would regard as the “news media”?

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  30. Brad H (37 comments) says:

    I would call it “New Media”

    Although this blog probably posts a lot more “news” then other blogs. However what is news today? Our newspapers can be just as biased and opinionated as any blog is today.

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  31. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    On the issue of EFA disclaimers, this is one I like-

    http://crusader-rabbit.blogspot.com/

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  32. Spam (593 comments) says:

    DPF have you had a legal opinion that you can you just declare yourself a “news media Internet site”? Although the term isn’t defined in the act (surprise!) surely this blog isn’t part of what most people would regard as the “news media”?

    I believe there is a specific exemption in the law for non-commercial blogs. Unfortunately, that does not extend to usenet or internet forums. An amendment that would have exempted them was voted-down by Labour & the greens.

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  33. Anthony (766 comments) says:

    Let’s hope this year the media and opposition politicians are more onto Labour’s usual tactic of repeating a lie so often that people start believing it’s true.

    I notice a letter to the editor in the Dom Post the other day repeating the lie that we need the EFA to stop the Americanisation of politics where the politician with the most money wins!

    And when Helen spouts off about National wanting to return to the failed policies of the nineties, she should be asked exactly what polices from the nineties she has reversed?

    There are plenty more examples. Maybe bloggers on here can help and someone can pass some notes to National and Act.

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  34. dad4justice (7,718 comments) says:

    Are genuine kiwi’s, who grand dads fought for the honour of New Zealand going to succumb to this blatant coercion from the totalitarian oppression orchestrated through a demonic liarbour lie ? Are we really expected to consent to this lunacy ?

    Brick em !!

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  35. Kevin (1,122 comments) says:

    WHY, WHY, ….., WHY would anyone with the best interests of the people of this country at heart support them James?

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  36. David Farrar (1,853 comments) says:

    No I have not had a legal opinion that I can declare myself news media. It would be a debatable issue in court. However there is a significant amount of overseas examples where blogs are now treated as part of the media.

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  37. Gavin Knight (83 comments) says:

    Thanks for the wording David, I have made a similar post on my blog to also highlight the absurdity of the implications of the Act.
    http://www.gavinknight.com/2008/01/statement-about-electoral-finance-act.html

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  38. ghostwhowalks (389 comments) says:

    Check out this link from the “non Commercial” Kiwiblog side bar

    Advertising on Kiwiblog
    Kiwiblog is now open for advertising. If you would like to advertise on New Zealand’s most visited blog, please contact David to discuss availability and rates.

    How commercial is that!!
    By the way I did click on the American mailing address ad, a good idea, but 2 weeks before Xmas ?

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  39. KevOB (265 comments) says:

    “It’s appalling that this type of disclaimer has to be made.

    This type of disclaimer does not need to be made.”

    The disgrace of this government is that is does have to made to cover the uncertainty created. It may not be necessary, then it might just be.. Who knows? Even the Electoral Commission is telling people to consult lawyers.

    This is real disgrace. The Governor General should have refused assent for a Act that Parliament could not interpret. What are paying these people for?

    We now have the rule of law by fear with common sense as judge. The duty of parliament is to govern not to create a regulatory environment for faceless officials and lawyers to battle out parliament’s intentions by proxy. We might get better law making if they closed Bellamys and used its staff instead.

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  40. Sue Bilstein (4 comments) says:

    Monty asked for 10 easy ways to break the law. Here are a few:

    1) Post political statements on nz.general – it is a Usenet newsgroup, so not exempt from the provisions of the Act.
    2) Get a bumper sticker that says “Vote for ” without your name & address and candidate’s authorisation.
    3) Put up a placard on your front lawn that makes a political statement without .
    4) Photocopy some flyers and distribute them .
    5) Put up a poster on the wall at work (if you’re the boss or the boss agrees).
    6) Get some t-shirts printed .

    That’s not ten, but it’s a few.

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  41. Rex Widerstrom (5,253 comments) says:

    I dunno, bricks through windows could become de riguer amongst smart campaigners looking to minimise budget while maximising impact.

    In a startling bit of prescience, LawsWatch predicted this exactly a year ago.

    I too share goodgod’s disappointment that you’ve made the disclaimer DPF. On the one hand I sympathise with the need to cover yourself, on the other we need people prepared to thumb their noses at the law.

    I haven’t been near usenet for years but if that’s what it takes to run afoul of the law, I’ll be posting there with bells on, as they say.

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  42. John Ansell (861 comments) says:

    Michaels: surely you should also include United Future?

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  43. John Ansell (861 comments) says:

    In your DON’T VOTEs, I mean

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  44. Gooner (995 comments) says:

    Unfortunately, and as Graeme E says, DPF’s assertions are meaningless.

    The factual test is not ‘marked’ by DPF but by the EC and/or the Police.

    It’s the same as if I decided to defame someone and said before doing so that my statement was an honest belief/opinion of the facts which are known and which were reasonable in the circumstances (one of the defences to defamation, a rough guess though with no text near me:).

    My assertion of my honest belief/opinion is meaningless: the courts and/or a jury would decide the factual test.

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  45. KevOB (265 comments) says:

    T shirts work well for protesting. Legally they are apparel ; I haven’t considered if they might contravene the EFA. They may well not not matter what they say.

    We used them in 1975 in Onehunga when toddlers wore National Party promo ones to kindergarten. Great fun.

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