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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Hide On Labour's Fascist Electoral Finance Bill

A press release from ACT leader, Rodney Hide

The Electoral Finance Bill is the most serious assault on free speech and political expression ever seen in the developed world - and the recent amendments to it have changed nothing, ACT Leader Rodney Hide said today.

"Absolutely nothing has been changed by these amendments - they simply fiddle with the details and leave the Bill's abhorrent concept and principles untouched," Mr Hide said.

"Free speech is vital to a democratic system, but this Bill indefensibly restricts the ability of New Zealanders to fully participate in the political process - under this Bill, New Zealanders will have to register with the Government in order to express a political view every election year; political expression and debate will be subject to Government regulation and control.

"It's shocking that the Greens, New Zealand First and Labour have signed up to a Bill that undermines Kiwis' ability to express their political views freely and openly. It is unnecessary, unjustifiably restricts political expression and breaches fundamental human rights.

"This isn't a Bill to regulate political Parties - it's a Bill to regulate every New Zealander. The country is right to be upset and angry over what the Labour-led Government and its support Parties are doing - after all, free speech is something that previous generations of New Zealanders fought and died for; it's now to be taken away from us in peace-time by the Government rushing legislation through before Christmas,"
Mr Hide said.


Anonymous isis said...

I agree absolutely with Mr Hides remarks,an also with his use of clear and unambiguous language.He seems to be a principled man.
As for the electorate control bill,I find it shocking that a modern western nation would even be considering such an abhorent piece of legislation.

12:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think this speech may have meant to have been about the TSA ammendments

7:26 AM  
Blogger Rick said...

Hopefully Christchurch can raise a bit of awareness next week.

7:38 AM  

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