The Taxpayer Relief Regulated Period

August 26th, 2011 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

My column at the is about how today is the start of the Taxpayer Relief Regulated Period.

We are now officially within three months of the general election. Today is the start of what the law calls the . It restricts how much money political parties can spend of their own money on election advertising, but more popularly cuts off taxpayer funded election advertisements from MPs. …

So if from today you see anything from your MP or from a parliamentary party that has the crest of the House of Representatives on it (indicating Parliament has paid for it), and it is advocating either explicitly or implicitly for or against a party or candidate, then you should send a copy of it to the New Zealand Herald who I am sure will happily inquire to the Parliamentary Service whether the taxpayer is due any refunds.

Only 13 weeks to go until E-day!

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6 Responses to “The Taxpayer Relief Regulated Period”

  1. Batman (103 comments) says:

    And not a moment too soon! Having recently moved to the Wellington Central electorate I am sick to death of the rubbish that both Labour and the Greens are shoving into our letterbox! so far i have been asked to rate how bad/evil the current government is, educated as to why asset “sales” are bad, informed that National are killing the plant, and much much more!
    I even think I got a copy of the advert which Labour got in trouble for recently, they must have been trying to get rid of the excess stock that they had printed, cheeky bastards!

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  2. toad (3,672 comments) says:

    @Batman 1:24 pm

    And we’ll also be spared the Nats’ “surveys” that are really akin to push-polls that have been doing the rounds over the last couple of months – not doubt to use up Parliamentary funding before the regulated period starts.

    But you’ll still get plenty of political material in your letterbox Batman – just that it will be funded by the parties, rather than the Parliamentary Service.

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  3. Batman (103 comments) says:

    Yes I see that surveys are quite popular, however it does have to be said that the National ads are a bit less in your face. unlike the alarmist style Labour adverts. They fuck me off with the blatant false truths and dog whistles, at least the Greens have a bit of self respect in their ads, I’ll give you guys that!

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  4. Johnboy (15,537 comments) says:

    Glad to see that net tax paying day is getting closer and closer to end of troughing day.

    When they coincide I expect to see a complete matter v antimatter annihilation event, hopefully taking all the pollies with it to the black hole they really belong in. :)

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  5. nasska (10,867 comments) says:

    I trust that everyone is doing their thing for conservation by chucking the Green Party propaganda in the recycling bin….or in the toilet magazine rack in case anyone runs short of Purex.

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  6. jocko (111 comments) says:

    nasska – or Cottonsoft?

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