Donations law an attempt to distract from bad news

Published: Tue 3 Dec 2019 02:37 PM
Fast-tracked donations law an attempt to distract from bad news
“By forcing Parliament into urgency today to consider the law around donations, the Government is attempting to distract from bad news and is setting a dangerous precedent”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.
“The Government’s intentions here are entirely political.
“This legislation will make little difference. Large foreign donations are already banned, with a limit of $1500.
“Aside from National, no political party in Parliament has received any overseas donations of more than $1,500. In 2017, National received $53,975 in overseas donations. It was allowed to keep $3,000 and the rest was refunded.
“The Government needs to explain how will this law be enforced. If a political party receives hundreds of small donations, is it then required to verify that none of these came from an overseas person?
“The Justice Minister says that interference campaigns in the elections of other countries are increasing in their sophistication. This is all the more reason for Parliament to take its time and get the law right.
“Also puzzling is why the Government has not waited for the Justice Committee’s recommendations on this issue.
“In reality, this move is designed to draw attention towards the SFO investigation into National’s donations issue and away from the NZ First Foundation’s donations scandal, a damaging privacy breach, and a bad poll.
“Only a day after a privacy breach that resulted from rushed gun laws, the Government is once again attempting to fast-track legislation through Parliament. Clearly it hasn’t learned its lesson. There is simply no need for urgency on this matter.
“Electoral law should be decided soberly and with broad parliamentary consensus. The Government is today setting a terrible precedent by fast-tracking this legislation through Parliament.
“Ironically, the Government’s use of urgency in the name of protecting democracy for New Zealanders means that New Zealanders will not get a say in the development of this law.
“These important matters must be given proper consideration by MPs through a proper parliamentary process.”

Next in New Zealand politics

On The Twitter Wars, And The Muller Muddles
By: Gordon Campbell
Green Party Statement On The Death Of George Floyd
By: Green Party
Freshwater package backed by comprehensive economic analysis
By: New Zealand Government
Todd Muller announces shape of next Government
By: New Zealand National Party
On National’s Day Of Reckoning
By: Gordon Campbell
Jobs budget to get economy moving again
By: New Zealand Government
Five new Super Hercules to join Air Force fleet
By: New Zealand Government
Queen's Birthday Honours List 2020
By: New Zealand Government
Support For Arts And Music Sector Recovery
By: New Zealand Government
New Zealand Joins Global Search For COVID-19 Vaccine
By: New Zealand Government
Green Party Unveils Its Candidate List For The 2020 Election
By: Green Party
NZ COVID Tracer App Released To Support Contact Tracing
By: Ministry of Health
Deep Concern At Hong Kong National Security Legislation
By: New Zealand Government
Covid-19 rules and restrictions on businesses to be lifted under alert level 1
It’s Time For A Captain’s Call On Level 1
By: New Zealand National Party
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILEWe're in BETA! Send Feedback © Scoop Media