Electoral Funding Issues Seminar

May 27th, 2009 at 8:45 am by David Farrar

There is a seminar in Wellington on Friday for those interested in issues. I encourage interested persons to attend. It is from 1 pm to 2 pm so can be done on your lunch break.

Transparency International (NZ), School of Government and the Institute of Policy Studies iInvites you to a seminar presented by Associate Professor , Faculty of Law, University of Otago on

The Regulation of Electoral Funding in New Zealand: What are the big issues?

Associate Professor Andrew Geddis teaches at the University of Otago, and has a particular research interest in the field of electoral law. He is the author of Electoral Law in New Zealand: Practice and Policy, as well as numerous articles on the regulation of election funding.

Friday 29 May 2009
1.00 – 2pm
Railway West Wing 501
RSVP to yvette.blades@vuw.ac.nz

I’ll be there.

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6 Responses to “Electoral Funding Issues Seminar”

  1. david (2,556 comments) says:

    Can anyone advise what Andrew Geddis’s political leanings are?

    Best to get this out in the open before the event in order to pre-empt accusations from one side or the other of political bias or attempts to ‘frame the debate”

    Where did he stand on the EFA?
    Where does he now stand on the EFA?
    What were his submissions on the Bill?
    Did he have any part in the framing of the EFB?
    Is he a strong supporter of more state funding or less state funding or no limits on donations or including “in-kind” donations of labour or facilities or the use of aggregation vehicles or even playing fields or limits on advertising or ………. ?

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  2. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    I wish I could be there, but I can’t of course. But damn, someone should go and express the anger of the man in the street at the very idea that even more should be taken from his pocket by brain dead government worshiping stooges and given to the fakes frauds and charlatans who presently make up parliament in this country.

    People are fed up to the back teeth with government and politicians. The last thing they want is to give them money to financially underpin their propaganda.

    YOU WANT TO FORCIBLY STEAL MONEY FROM US TO GIVE TO THESE CHARLATANS SO THE CAN LIE TO US????

    FUCKEN OUTRAGEOUS…!!!!!

    ..and I do not give a fuck what other countries do it and what other taxpayers have been conned into agreeing to it…

    If Mr. Geddis or anyone else there thinks that certain parties deserve funding them they should just give it to them from their own damn stash. Leave me the fuck alone, I’ve got other priorities for the money I earn.

    Taxpayer funding of political parties. What a damn arrogant cheek.

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  3. Ratbiter (1,265 comments) says:

    Ratbiter humbly suggests first letting the man speak for himself, before concluding he is a dirty wealth-redistributing ivory-tower academic socialist….

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  4. peteremcc (342 comments) says:

    I remember arguing with Andrew Geddis here on Kiwiblog in the comments about the EFB before I knew he was an electoral law specialist.

    You could understand why I didn’t realise he was one when he thought that all the issues that I was listing (and that any sensible person could spot with the bill) weren’t a problem at all, either principally or practically.

    I’m sure personally he is a great guy and i’ll be happy to go along and chat with him about it, but he is the one that Labour appointed to head the inquiry that was recently cancelled by National and I think Ratbiter’s description that he doesn’t want people to conclude is probably reasonably accurate.

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  5. Chris Diack (740 comments) says:

    It is not very becoming to attack Associate Professor Andrew Geddis as an individual when the focus should be on what he says – not his background or the fact that he comes from (horror of horrors) Otago.

    The purpose of the seminar is to identify the “big issues” and in all likelihood identify some options.

    I am sure that DPF will provide us with a full and detailed report.

    The key insight about electoral law is that it needs to be considered as a whole i.e. as a package.

    For example a low level of disclosure/cap for donations for transparency purposes will chill voluntary contribution and also radically increase transaction costs. This is simple economics. Increasing transaction costs for gaining voluntary contributions will advantage those best able to sustain those transaction costs. Technology only reduces these costs somewhat.

    The Government’s issues paper has the issue arse about face. It asks whether direct state funding of political parties should result in a limit on voluntary contributions whereas direct state funding will actually be a consequence of low donation disclosure/cap.

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  6. Christopher (425 comments) says:

    It is not very becoming to attack Associate Professor Andrew Geddis as an individual when the focus should be on what he says – not his background or the fact that he comes from (horror of horrors) Otago.

    Geddis is a wanker.

    Can anyone advise what Andrew Geddis’s political leanings are?

    Hard left totalitarian socialist. Basically lusts for the destruction of humankind. Has spent his entire life as an academic parasite.

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