Here at Pacific Empire, we’ve been busy recently with productive things, like writing essays, going to work, brewing beer and handing in theses. So we haven’t blogged yet about the Electoral Finance Bill (EFB). Well, it’s time to say something.
The EFB is one of the most breathtakingly audacious things the Labour Government of New Zealand has attempted so far, exceeding even the 2006 retrospective legislation which legalised the theft of almost a million dollars of taxpayer money (and which the LIbertarianz celebrated by declaring Banana Republic Day). The Electoral Finance Bill will have a chilling effect on free speech, severely limiting an amazing array of activities which discuss or criticise almost any political issue. And the bill’s effect will occur exactly when we need to discuss politics the most: election year.
The bill is actually the culmination of a range of attacks on free speech by the Labour government, as succinctly explained by the VRWCNZ:
Tell your friends. This horrific attack on free speech cannot be allowed to pass.
Update: Noticed this beautiful contribution from Whale OIl: