I had intended to comment on this last night, but ran out of time. However Audrey Young's blog-piece on Labour's latest EFA fiasco is no less pertinent today! She begins:
"It should hardly be a surprise that Labour is using a sham American family in a taxpayer funded election advertisement on the New Zealand Budget.
A sham is what the whole Electoral Finance Act has become.
Despite the warnings that it wouldn't work, Labour pushed ahead, maintaining it was a measure to promote transparency around election advertising.
Transparency for everyone except Labour, it seems."
I just find it bizarre that the Labour Party, the party which was the driving force behind this legislation, is the party which seems to be having the greatest difficulty complying - complying with its own legislation. Rushed legislation is almost always bad legislation - the EFA is proof positive of that, and I suspect that Labour is rather surprised just how long the opposition to the EFA has endured. And as Audrey Young concludes:
"The question that will not go away is whether Labour is willing to abide by its own flawed law by accepting what it has billed to Parliament is an election ad that must be declared on its election returns and declared as a donation by Parliament to Labour.
It set the new rules. It should follow them, and show some honesty in doing so."