On speech rationing
This is totally disgraceful. But a useful reminder of what Labour has become.And look after their own:
"It also plans to attack an important source of money for National by limiting anonymous donations from anybody, including trusts, to $5000.
National received $1.8 million in 2005, all but $140,000 of it from six trusts.People can maintain their anonymity by donating to trusts, which then pass the money on to the party".* Exempt from the new third-party rules groups such as unions or companies when they are communicating directly with their members...
Talk about hypocritical -- and Cactus does. At length. And then Rodney delivers the principled one-two:
There’s a huge reluctance in New Zealand politics to talk principles. . . Our electoral spending laws are an affront to free speech. People should be free to say what they want. They should be free to spend their own money promoting whatever cause they choose. Period.
We now have Labour proposing to clamp down further on freedom of expression through our electoral law. Through this debate there is never any mention of any principle. I would have thought freedom of speech and political expression were things worth talking about ... and trying to defend.
A matter of trust for Labour - Cactus Kate
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