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Mentions of Electoral Commission in New Zealand Parliament debates

Electoral Commission has been mentioned in 117 parliamentary debates since November 2005.

Estimates Debate - In Committee

In Committee 2 Aug 2011

BRENDON BURNS ... is that we should take a little time to see just how things do pan out. One example of that came yesterday with the Electoral Commission figures for my seat of Christchurch Central, which suggested—and we are still trying to absolutely verify these figures—...

Hon SIMON POWER ... at the time of this year’s general election. I decided that the only thing I could do was to use the information the Electoral Commission was using to explain the different systems, in order to avoid any perception that I might somehow be influencing or ...

Hon SIMON POWER Well, no. It was the Electoral Commission, I just said, that did it, not me. That was the whole point of the speech. I was talking about the fact that I was ...

Hon SIMON POWER ... of this particular yarn was that members of the public at the end said to me that the systems as explained by the Electoral Commission were not as complex as many of them had thought. We ended up in a reasonably lengthy discussion about which system did ...

Appointments - Electoral Commission

Electoral Commission 23 Jun 2011

Hon MAURICE WILLIAMSON ... recommend His Excellency the Governor-General appoint Jane Christine Huria as a member and the Deputy Chair of the Electoral Commission for a term of four years. The Electoral (Administration) Amendment Act 2010, passed by this House in May of 2010, ...

CHARLES CHAUVEL The Electoral Commission has been significantly revamped under the amendments to the Electoral Act that have been passed by Parliament during ...
... the end of the year. Then it will take on further functions, including the work that is currently discharged by the Electoral Enrolment Centre, when it takes on those functions under the legislation. The legislation provides for three commissioners, but only ...

SUE KEDGLEY ... state that the Green Party very much welcomes the appointment of Ms Hūria as a member and the Deputy Chair of the Electoral Commission. As the previous speaker, Charles Chauvel, has indicated, there is a huge task for the Electoral Commission over the ...

TE URUROA FLAVELL ... Speaker. Thank you for the opportunity to have a say about the appointment of Jane Hūria as deputy chair of the Electoral Commission. The Māori Party stands to support Jane’s appointment to that position. In doing so, we firstly mihi to Ngāi Tahu and ...

Hon DAVID PARKER I rise to support the appointment of the third Electoral Commissioner. The reason this comes to this House is that we in New Zealand have a long tradition of well-run elections. I think ...

Electoral (Finance Reform and Advance Voting) Amendment Bill, Parliamentary Service Amendment Bill - Third Readings

Third Readings 15 Dec 2010

Hon SIMON POWER ... campaigns. Candidates, political parties, and third-party promoters will better understand their obligations, and the Electoral Commission’s enforcement role will be made simpler. Additional regulation of third-party promoters is introduced to improve ...

Hon LIANNE DALZIEL ... behaviour outside the regulated period, but it will stop third parties like the Exclusive Brethren going to the Electoral Commission with a $1.2 million campaign. After finding out that using Don Brash’s photo and promoting him as the next Prime ...

Parliamentary Service Amendment Bill 2010

In Committee 14 Dec 2010

Hon GERRY BROWNLEE ... Service to members through their entitlement, but which can be recovered subsequently upon another body, the Electoral Commission, determining that those payments, for advertising or whatever it was, did not comply. I think what we have put there ...

Electoral (Finance Reform and Advance Voting) Amendment Bill, Parliamentary Service Amendment Bill - Second Readings

Second Readings 7 Dec 2010

Hon SIMON POWER ... donations and to $15,000 for political party donations. Political parties will file a specific return with the Electoral Commission for donations over $30,000. For smaller donations both the number of donations and the total amount of party donations ...

Hon LIANNE DALZIEL ... identity of its promoters but also was deliberate in its attempt to do so. The Exclusive Brethren had been to the Electoral Commission with its pro - Don Brash brochures, which had his pictures on them, and on finding that the brochures would have to be ...

Electoral (Administration) Amendment Bill (No 2)

Third Reading 10 Aug 2011

Hon DAVID CARTER ... Bill (No 2) be now read a third time. In transferring the functions of the Chief Registrar of Electors to the Electoral Commission, this bill implements the final stage of a two-stage reform to amalgamate the electoral agencies. The first stage ...

CHESTER BORROWS ... and the enrolment system, and that we maximise participation, as we have previously said. This bill will see the Electoral Commission become a one-stop shop for all electoral matters. It is the completion of the folding together of the three different ...

PAUL QUINN ... During the select committee process we provided the avenue for the Tūhono Trust to receive information from the Electoral Commission and to pass on names to Māori organisations and iwi organisations. This is an excellent service because it enables rūnan...

CAROL BEAUMONT ... this legislation is about improving and strengthening our electoral system, and it has done that by establishing the Electoral Commission and bringing together a number of agencies into one format to streamline and strengthen our electoral system. As ...

In Committee 9 Aug 2011

Hon LIANNE DALZIEL ... be deferred until a more appropriate time.” Then there is further discussion about the various approaches that the Electoral Commission has adopted on that. I would like the Minister to take the opportunity that this debate allows to confirm on the ...

Second Reading 12 Jul 2011

Hon PHIL HEATLEY ... stage of the process to integrate New Zealand’s electoral agencies into a single agency. In October last year a new Electoral Commission was established, which took on the functions of both the Chief Electoral Officer and the former Electoral Commission. ...

CHARLES CHAUVEL ... the administration of the electoral machinery in New Zealand. Members will recall the set-up of the newly constituted Electoral Commission. We have debated that matter a number of times in this House already this year, most recently, I think, last month, ...

CHARLES CHAUVEL ... that we bring forward the deadline for the role of the Chief Registrar of Electors to be transferred to the new Electoral Commission. There is also a clause allowing the registrar to seek the consent of declared Māori electors to supply the Tūhono ...

SIMON BRIDGES ... lawyer. It is good to speak on this bill, which transfers the functions of the Chief Registrar of Electors to the new Electoral Commission

CAROL BEAUMONT ... Chauvel said, this bill implements stage two of a two-stage reform of electoral administration establishing a new Electoral Commission and making other changes. I thought it would be useful to look a little bit at this Electoral Commission and what is ...

LYNNE PILLAY ... said, the bill implements stage two of a two-stage reform of electoral administration. The reform establishes the new Electoral Commission and makes a number of other changes to the Electoral Act. The legislation came as a response to a report from the ...

LYNNE PILLAY ... I will briefly touch on it. Previously, there were three separate bodies. They were the Chief Electoral Officer, the Electoral Commission, and the Chief Registrar of Electors. I will leave Carmel Sepuloni to go into more detail on that, because she is more ...

CARMEL SEPULONI ... National-led Government, and that this process was the exception rather than the rule for this Government. The new Electoral Commission will be a more effective regulator of elections, and we hope that the new agency will provide better access to ...

CARMEL SEPULONI ... voters, candidates, and parties relating to electoral events. That was the Chief Electoral Officer. Next we had the Electoral Commission—that is, the previous Electoral Commission. It was an independent Crown entity. It registered political parties and ...

CARMEL SEPULONI ... first stage of administrative reform has taken place already. A lot of people may not know that, but it has. The new Electoral Commission was established on 1 October, and subsumed the old Electoral Commission and position of Chief Electoral Officer. The ...

First Reading 23 Nov 2010

Hon SIMON POWER ... The Electoral (Administration) Amendment Act 2010 transferred the functions of the Chief Electoral Officer and former Electoral Commission to a new Electoral Commission. This bill completes the second stage of the reform. It transfers the functions of the ...

Hon LIANNE DALZIEL ... scrutiny. Labour is generally supportive of the bill we have before us, given that it will give effect to the new Electoral Commission as the second part of what has been a two-stage reform of electoral administration. We do appreciate the way in which ...

Hon LIANNE DALZIEL ... of this two-stage process. Just before the dinner adjournment, I was addressing the question of appointments to the Electoral Commission. As members will be aware, we have appointed two members to the new commission in order to get it up and running to ...

KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI ... Electoral Act 1993 to establish electoral reforms. On 1 October 2010 the offices of the Chief Electoral Officer and Electoral Commission were abolished and their functions were transferred to the new Electoral Commission. The second stage of the reform is ...

CHARLES CHAUVEL ... bill in a two-stage reform of electoral administration, serving to establish the new combined body to be known as the Electoral Commission. Members may remember from the debate on the first bill in this reform process that my colleagues on this side of the ...

HEKIA PARATA ... of the legislative framework that provides for that quality. The first part of the bill is about establishing the Electoral Commission as a Crown entity, and the second phase is about tidying up the institutional or structural administration of ...

Hon DARREN HUGHES ... two of a two-stage reform package. He made the point quite firmly that the bill does make changes to how the new Electoral Commission can operate. We, of course, had an Electoral Commission previously, but this bill coordinates the different branches ...

STUART NASH ... blokes on the other side ignored that common-sense test well and truly. Under the former set-up there was also the Electoral Commission and the Chief Registrar of Electors. Now we have a new Electoral Commission, and it conducts elections, deals with ...

Appointments - Electoral Commission

Electoral Commission 18 Aug 2010

Hon SIMON POWER ... this House recommend His Excellency the Governor-General appoint Hon Justice Sir John Hugh Williams as Chair of the Electoral Commission for a term of three years and Mr Robert Andrew Peden as Chief Electoral Officer and Chief Executive of the Electoral ...

Hon LIANNE DALZIEL I rise to support the motion and to welcome the two appointments to the new Electoral Commission. The Hon Justice Sir Hugh Williams is more than qualified to continue the role under the new electoral framework that ...

RAHUI KATENE ... of New Zealand. The motion fills two of the three positions in the electoral trifecta in establishing the new Electoral Commission as an independent Crown entity. In doing so it will, no doubt, please the 56 percent of New Zealanders surveyed who ...
... by bringing together party officials to meet the relevant authorities—namely, the Chief Electoral Office, the Electoral Enrolment Centre, and the Electoral Commission. Mr Peden has had to cut his teeth on the intricacies of complex and convoluted ...

Climate Change Issues

Emissions Trading Scheme—Minister’s Statement 30 Jun 2010

Dr Russel Norman ... that shows that climate change deniers John Boscawen and Alan Gibbs gave $300,000 to the ACT Party. It is from the Electoral Commission and is dated 29 April 2009.

Dr Russel Norman The Electoral Commission.

Electoral (Finance Reform and Advance Voting) Amendment Bill

In Committee 14 Dec 2010

Hon LIANNE DALZIEL ... of the trail of emails exposed in that book. That is exactly what happened. The Exclusive Brethren went to the Electoral Commission with a design for their pamphlet, which had Don Brash’s face on it, promoting him as the next Prime Minister of New ...

First Reading 4 May 2010

Hon NATHAN GUY ... rather than restrictions on the freedom of expression. It requires third-party promoters to register with the Electoral Commission if they spend, or intend to spend, over $12,000 on election advertising in the regulated campaign period. The bill ...

AMY ADAMS ... was the lack of certainty and the lack of credibility of the very rules. There was a constant process of going to the Electoral Commission and to lawyers to try to find out what could be done, who could do what, what counted, and what did not. It got to the ...

METIRIA TUREI ... things in this bill; it is not all bad. We are pleased that the parallel campaigners will have to register with the Electoral Commission if they expect to spend more than $12,000. No New Zealander should ever be in the position of having to hunt down a ...

RAHUI KATENE ... intend to spend more than $12,000 on election advertising during the regulated campaign period must register with the Electoral Commission. The register will be publicly available to ensure openness and transparency concerning the identities of third-party ...

CHARLES CHAUVEL ... decent electoral law. It is a good thing that under the bill parallel campaigners will have to register with the Electoral Commission. Clearly that will increase the sort of transparency that anyone who thinks about this sort of law will want to see. ...

Electoral Referendum Bill

Third Reading 15 Dec 2010

Hon SIMON POWER ... post, preferential voting, single transferable vote, and supplementary member. If there is a vote to keep MMP, the Electoral Commission will review MMP and report on whether any changes to it are necessary or desirable. If voters opt for change, this ...

RAHUI KATENE ... forms of voting systems, including first past the post—especially first past the post. In a report prepared for the Electoral Commission in May 2007 it was noted that the introduction of the proportional representation - based mixed member proportional ...

In Committee 14 Dec 2010

Hon LIANNE DALZIEL ... that with the campaign expenditure limits we have some hope for ensuring the public education campaign run by the Electoral Commission has some chance of success, in respect of ensuring the real messages get out there and ensuring people understand what ...

Second Reading 7 Dec 2010

Hon SIMON POWER ... keep MMP or change to another voting system. If 50 percent or more voters opt to keep MMP, the bill provides that the Electoral Commission must review MMP and report on whether any changes are necessary or, for that matter, desirable. If the majority of ...

AMY ADAMS ... auditing provision either, because we all know how onerous and expensive audits can be. Instead we have given the Electoral Commission the power to require an audit if it believes, on reasonable grounds, that there is merit in doing that. I think that ...

Hon JOHN BOSCAWEN ... to vote for and promote one or more of the options. Earlier this afternoon Mr Hodgson made a reference to the 1986 Electoral Commission. He correctly recorded the fact that the Electoral Commission said that if we are going to restrict political parties, ...

First Reading 22 Apr 2010

Hon SIMON POWER ... the bill provides that if 50 percent or more of the participants vote to retain MMP in the first referendum, then the Electoral Commission will undertake a review of aspects of the way in which MMP works. If a majority votes for a change from MMP, this ...

CHARLES CHAUVEL ... 1993, and 1997 referenda, where there was no cap on spending and, at that point, not even a need to register with the Electoral Commission. All that was needed then was a promoter statement. As Lianne Dalziel pointed out, that was before the Exclusive ...

CHARLES CHAUVEL ... year, significant parts of the McCain-Feingold legislation were struck down. That decision, Citizens United v Federal Electoral Commission, is widely reviled. It has been rejected by commentators and learned academics, but also by some 80 ...

PHIL TWYFORD ... the 50 percent or more that it needs, it will be retained, and that would then trigger an independent review by the Electoral Commission. If the change option wins a majority, then we will see a second referendum, to be held in conjunction with the 2014 ...

Electoral (Disqualification of Sentenced Prisoners) Amendment Bill

Third Reading 8 Dec 2010

CARMEL SEPULONI ... in the explanatory note of what harm this bill is designed to remedy by returning to the pre-1993 situation. The Electoral Commission and the Solicitor-General had sound reasons for recommending the change. The member promoting this bill has not ...

Second Reading 20 Oct 2010

DAVID CLENDON ... critical of this bill and it demanded the bill’s rejection. We can think of the practical issues involved. The Electoral Enrolment Centre put in a submission, but quite appropriately took some care to take no political position and to make no political ...

First Reading 21 Apr 2010

Hon LIANNE DALZIEL ... sign up people during the election campaign. Every member of this House will know how much resource we put into the Electoral Commission to make sure that people are on the roll in the lead-up to both the local-body elections, which take place this year, ...

Electoral (Administration) Amendment Bill

Third Reading 19 May 2010

Hon SIMON POWER ... to reform the electoral process. The bill transfers the functions of the current Chief Electoral Officer and Electoral Commission to a new Electoral Commission, which will be fully functional from 1 October this year. I am pleased to say that this ...

Hon LIANNE DALZIEL ... measure. The objectives described in this bill are certainly ones that we support. We certainly feel that the new Electoral Commission, which will take over the functions of the Chief Electoral Officer and the current Electoral Commission, will improve ...

Hon RUTH DYSON ...be—for the greater good of the process of democracy, which we obviously hold very dear. This bill establishes the new Electoral Commission. It is proposed that it be an independent Crown entity, and I was very interested in the debate about the options that ...

PAUL QUINN ... that focuses on restructuring the current two organisations, namely the Chief Electoral Office’s functions and the Electoral Commission’s functions, into one consolidated organisation. Like any efficient Government, we look to bring together and reduce ...

RAHUI KATENE ...irikātene-Sullivan. I raise this history today because I think it is important that one of the first tasks of the new Electoral Commission will be to look at equity and parity across all electorates, to ensure that there is a coordinated overview that makes ...

SIMON BRIDGES ... the third reading of the Electoral (Administration) Amendment Bill. It is a bill that provides us with a new unitary Electoral Commission. It has also been good to listen to what the member Rahui Katene said. I was intrigued to hear about Mr Large’s 15-day ...

CHARLES CHAUVEL ... It is sensible legislation and, on balance, we think it will see more effective regulation of elections by the new Electoral Commission. It is appropriate to note that it has come about through a consultation process that has been thorough and fair. ...

Hon PETE HODGSON ... that arose for those organisations. In fact, one of them was set up precisely because we had made that change—the Electoral Commission. Third, I point out that the good work and the harmonious and accurate nature of our elections have not always been ...
... backwards and forwards over those decades, the second leg of the double for this amendment bill is to fold in the Electoral Enrolment Centre. In recent times the electoral enrolments processes in this country have been a joke—not that recent; actually I am ...

HEKIA PARATA ... public. As I said, this bill will provide for first-class electoral services. National is confident that the new Electoral Commission will provide better access to electoral services and encourage a more integrated, efficient, and strategic approach to ...

In Committee 18 May 2010

Hon SIMON POWER Part 1 establishes a new Electoral Commission to undertake electoral administration in New Zealand. The new commission is to be an independent Crown entity. This ...

Hon LIANNE DALZIEL ... Committee’s report a recommendation that the Standing Orders Committee develop a procedure for appointments to the Electoral Commission and also to other bodies that are not Officers of Parliament, such as the Independent Police Conduct Authority and the ...

Hon JIM ANDERTON I share some of the concerns of the previous speaker, the Hon Lianne Dalziel, but any new Electoral Commission could not possibly be as bad as the last one. I am willing to back the ideas that are in the Electoral (Administration)...

Hon SIMON POWER ... finance laws. In respect of the Hon Lianne Dalziel’s comments on resourcing and the information campaigns that the Electoral Commission will need to oversee, I am confident that there will be vigilance on that matter, and I am confident that the ...

Hon SIMON POWER ... for the transition from the old to the new and sets out how the existing Chief Electoral Office and the existing Electoral Commission become the new integrated Electoral Commission. Part 2 enables the new Electoral Commission to be established ...

Hon LIANNE DALZIEL I will not take a lengthy call on Part 2; it is the machinery to bring into effect the new Electoral Commission. But I thought I would not let the opportunity go by to comment on clause 26, “Restriction of compensation for ...

Second Reading 29 Apr 2010

Hon JOHN CARTER ... into one. Currently, responsibility for electoral administration is split between the Chief Electoral Officer, the Electoral Commission, and the Chief Registrar of Electors through the Electoral Enrolment Centre. This bill establishes a new Electoral ...
... split between the Chief Electoral Officer, the Electoral Commission, and the Chief Registrar of Electors through the Electoral Enrolment Centre. This bill establishes a new Electoral Commission and transfers the functions of the current Chief Electoral Officer ...

Hon DAVID PARKER ... the structure of this new organisation. Listeners will have heard from the Minister that this new entity called the Electoral Commission takes over functions that were previously the functions of the Chief Electoral Officer and the Electoral Commission. ...

CHESTER BORROWS ... the three electoral agencies that currently exist. For the reasons well outlined by the previous speaker, the new Electoral Commission will be an independent Crown entity, in spite of a number of submissions suggesting that that role should be an ...

LYNNE PILLAY ... exception and a lot of work was done on it. It was given a lot of scrutiny, much of it around the status of the new Electoral Commission. As a member of the committee I can say that having a commission that is one entity has always been seen as the best ...
... our consideration, the Electoral Commission, and also the officers of the Chief Registrar of Electors through the Electoral Enrolment Centre. It is a really good chance at this time to acknowledge all the work they do. Living in a democracy, there are things ...

METIRIA TUREI ... How independent should it be from Parliament? What should be its status? We were strongly of the view that the new Electoral Commission should be an Officer of Parliament. I have read through the select committee justification for why that was not the ...

RAHUI KATENE ... political party, the Māori Party has taken these issues, as appropriate, to either the Chief Electoral Officer or the Electoral Commission. Sometimes local representatives have raised their concerns with Electoral Enrolment Centre personnel. In general, we ...
... Chief Electoral Officer or the Electoral Commission. Sometimes local representatives have raised their concerns with Electoral Enrolment Centre personnel. In general, we have always been satisfied with the responses received, but there is always a risk that in ...

SIMON BRIDGES ... than the speech made by Lynne Pillay. She made some very good points about the fact that we are getting a unified Electoral Commission, and she said that she cannot wait for the next election to try it out. I think that is fine; that is good. All I am ...

JACINDA ARDERN ... to choose the entity type we did for overseeing electoral matters in New Zealand. That new body, of course, is the Electoral Commission, which will be an independent Crown entity, so I will dwell on the justification used by the select committee to ...

First Reading 27 Oct 2009

Hon NATHAN GUY ... the electoral finance regime for constituency candidates and supervises compliance with it. Second, the current Electoral Commission has a number of functions relating to political parties including registration, allocating broadcasting time, and ...
... public education and research on electoral matters. Third, the Chief Registrar of Electors, acting through the Electoral Enrolment Centre and New Zealand Post Ltd, is responsible for the electoral roll and enrolment. The three-agency structure, although ...

Hon DAVID PARKER ... consequence of that, Labour members are happy to support it in its reference to a select committee. Initially, the Electoral Commission, which is a new body set up by this bill and not the current Electoral Commission, was to include the Secretary for ...

Hon DAVID PARKER ... things, looked at whether we had transparency around donations. Mr Dave Henry, who is the chief executive of the Electoral Commission, gave evidence at the inquiry into the 2008 general election, and in particular he answered questions about ....

CHESTER BORROWS ... be a far more coordinated approach. Those issues will be addressed in a single agency that is being created—the new Electoral Commission. This body will have significant responsibility, performing all the functions of the Chief Electoral Officer and the ...

Hon LIANNE DALZIEL ... this bill I want to make it absolutely clear that it is no reflection on the three agencies that will form the new Electoral Commission, nor, indeed, on the individuals who have shown incredible leadership in those areas over a large number of years. In ...
... a single Electoral Commission, which will be in place to conduct the next general election. After that election the Electoral Enrolment Centre will come into the commission, as well. I think that that stepped approach is quite sensible because it gives the ...

METIRIA TUREI ... by the public on the bill. We think that the overall purpose of the bill is very good. The bill establishes a new Electoral Commission. The commission will combine the functions of the current Chief Electoral Officer and the Electoral Commission, and it ...

TE URUROA FLAVELL ... administration is currently split between the Chief Electoral Officer, who works under the Ministry of Justice, the Electoral Commission, which is an independent Crown entity, and the Chief Registrar of Electors, who works through the enrolment centre, a ...

CHARLES CHAUVEL ... include Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico. We also have the independent model. Typically under this model we have an electoral commission that is autonomous and independent of the executive, and that has and manages its own budget. Interestingly, this is ...
... enough, is the chief executive of a State-owned enterprise, New Zealand Post. That person is responsible, via the Electoral Enrolment Centre, to maintain the electoral rolls and to conduct the Māori electoral option. When one drills down into that, one sees ...

PAUL QUINN ... order to chaos. It combines two bodies—administration is currently undertaken by the Chief Electoral Officer and the Electoral Commission—and enables them to bring the transparency and honesty that members have spoken of on both sides of the House. On this ...

LYNNE PILLAY ... He encouraged people to vote, and showed people the easy ways to vote. That campaign won an award. I congratulate the Electoral Enrolment Centre, because it owned that campaign in terms of making sure that those advertisements were on air. I hasten to add—and I ...

LYNNE PILLAY ... be chaired by Chester Borrows, later in my speech. I know that the three agencies—the Chief Electoral Officer, the Electoral Commission, and the Chief Registrar of Electors—came to the Justice and Electoral Committee before the last election and talked ...
... that promoting a very serious subject to attain a silver award is quite an achievement, so I say “Well done!” to the Electoral Enrolment Centre. I return to the purpose of the bill, and in doing so I recognised the Electoral Enrolment Centre. The bill is about ...

KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI ... the best service to the stakeholders or a sound platform for future development. The bill also provides for the new Electoral Commission to carry out the functions of the current Chief Electoral Office and Electoral Commission. Under this legislation, the ...

Electoral Amendment Bill 2009

Third Reading 17 Feb 2009

TODD McCLAY ... that if the law was passed it would be Labour’s epitaph. Well, that has certainly been the case. The Electoral Commission referred to the bill’s “chilling effect”, and the New Zealand Law Society and the Human Rights Commission also ...

First Reading 17 Feb 2009

JOHN BOSCAWEN ... to sign a declaration before a justice of the peace or, alternatively, to register as a third party before the Electoral Commission. Members listening to this speech, and members of the public, will find that very hard to believe, but it is actually ...

RAHUI KATENE ... the art of political campaigning. Suddenly, my every waking moment was spent in appointing a financial agent. The Electoral Commission became the source of authority for every question that came up in my campaign, and, as a practising lawyer, I agreed ...

Hon PETER DUNNE ... a political advertisement or a political message. Members have spoken already of the many calls made to the Electoral Commission and the Chief Electoral Officer, the resort to legal advice, the hours spent poring over the documents trying to ...

AMY ADAMS ... impediment to full and open debate in 1 year out of every 3 years. And can members guess what? It did. Even the Electoral Commission has talked about the chilling effect the Act had on political participation. When the New Zealand Law Society told ...

Second Reading 17 Feb 2009

Hon SIMON POWER ... donations, and overseas donations”; “establish a procedure enabling donations to be made to political parties via the Electoral Commission so that the identity of the donor is protected from disclosure”; and “specify obligations for political parties and ...

JOHN BOSCAWEN ... people, and if we were to restrict third parties we should allow them to spend between $250,000 and $300,000. The Electoral Commission and the Human Rights Commission both said the major political parties had $4.8 million each to spend, and if we were ...

LOUISE UPSTON ... rights of ordinary New Zealanders to fully participate in the democratic process. Despite grave concerns from the Electoral Commission and the Human Rights Commission, the Electoral Finance Act was rammed through. The result was poor quality law that ...

TIM MACINDOE ... interest to promote their causes and concerns for fear of incurring heavy penalties under the Act. That is why the Electoral Commission reached the alarming conclusion that the Electoral Finance Act was having “a chilling effect” on participation in our ...

First Reading 12 Feb 2009

Hon SIMON POWER ... and who was not, a third party, and about what does, and what does not, constitute election advertising. Even the Electoral Commission has said publicly that the Act had “a chilling effect” on political participation. This bill repeals the Electoral ...

Hon JIM ANDERTON ... I want to mention one other area that will have to be improved, and that is the administration of the Act by the Electoral Commission. I believe that the commission somehow simply lost the plot before the last election, and it did not approach the ...

Dr RUSSEL NORMAN ... not. Parties cannot spend their own money on TV and radio advertising, but have to spend the money allocated by the Electoral Commission. This is an attempt to restrict the influence of money on politics. There is a cap on how much parties can spend. One ...

Reinstatement of Business 9 Dec 2008

Electoral Commission

Adjournment 26 Sep 2008

Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS ... raving about the Electoral Finance Act. Meanwhile, Rodney Hide knows all about that trust, having been taken by the Electoral Commission all the way to the Court of Appeal for failing to disclose the evidence of millions of dollars of funding behind the ...

Real Estate Agents Bill

Second Reading 4 Sep 2008

CHRISTOPHER FINLAYSON ... job, certainly in comparison with her performance over the Electoral Finance Bill, which, as the president of the Electoral Commission says, has a chilling effect this year on the electoral system. Let me say something about the Real Estate Agents ....

Parliamentary Service Amendment Bill

Third Reading 7 Aug 2008

HONE HARAWIRA ... look the same to Nathan over there! The first point is how foolish the Electoral Finance Act looks now, with the Electoral Commission thinking of taking Tui beer to court for its excellent billboard: “When Winston says no, he means no.”, and “New ...

General Debate 6 Aug 2008

Hon BILL ENGLISH ... cut public services by $10 billion?”; taxpayer funding of its election advertisements, confirmed officially by the Electoral Commission last Friday; and, of course, its hardy annual of email theft. That is Labour’s plan. On Sunday John Key announced ...

General Debate 30 Jul 2008

Gerry Brownlee ... in the document listing registered parties’ donations and declared by us. Secondly, I seek leave to table the Electoral Commission’s 2007 register of party donations, which makes it clear that many Labour members donated to their party last year.

Gerry Brownlee ... that members can take a point of order and seek leave any time they like. I am seeking leave, right now, to table the Electoral Commission’s 2007 register of party donations, which shows everything that Mr Hodgson is talking about, all of the significant ...

General Debate 2 Jul 2008

Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS ... and that is serious stuff. The bill was blocked by MPs from New Zealand First, the Māori Party, and the Greens. The Electoral Commission referred the case to the police in January 2006. The police said they could not prosecute the National Party, because ...

General Debate 25 Jun 2008

Dr WAYNE MAPP ... today, and her excuses were completely fatuous. It is simply absurd to suggest that it is not possible for the Electoral Commission to do something as simple as draft a, literally, one-line ballot paper with the simple question: “Should a smack as ...

Taxation (Personal Tax Cuts, Annual Rates, and Remedial Matters) Bill

Third Reading 22 May 2008

CRAIG FOSS ... does not miss a trick. One has to give it the nod there—although I wonder whether this bill has been referred to the Electoral Commission because of its blatant advertising. As I have said in every single speech on this bill, it is an absolute pleasure ...

Minimum Wage and Remuneration Amendment Bill

Second Reading 21 May 2008

Dr PITA SHARPLES ... the retail and hospitality industries—are all struggling to cope on a bare minimum wage. It is little wonder that the Electoral Enrolment Centre announced yesterday that the number of New Zealanders who have left our shores for overseas is 35 percent higher than ...

Debate on Crown Entities, Public Organisations, and State Enterprises - In Committee

In Committee 15 Apr 2008

The CHAIRPERSON ... and State enterprises they wish to debate. The first entity that I understand members wish to debate is the Electoral Commission.

Electoral Commission

Hon BILL ENGLISH This is an opportunity for Parliament to reflect today on the incredibly difficult job that the Electoral Commission has been given. The Electoral Commission is an entity that a lot of the public probably had not heard of until the ...

Hon BILL ENGLISH ... billboards in Tauranga that were illegal. It is just a question of whether the billboards were taken down before the Electoral Commission had enough evidence to see they were there. We know how bad it is, because the Labour Party has had to clean its ...

General Debate 9 Apr 2008

JOHN KEY ... It just states what Labour thinks it is doing. The other way we know that it is meant to solicit votes is that the Electoral Commission has told us that. Why is the document in breach of the Electoral Finance Act? Because it does not have the appropriate ...

Hon BILL ENGLISH ... to Labour’s election expenses. When did they do that before? Five days before the 2005 election they promised the Electoral Commission—not just a media journalist or a politician but an electoral official—that the $800,000 would be added to their ...

GERRY BROWNLEE ... has worked out a cunning way to rort the people of New Zealand, and I am going along with it.” I hope that when the Electoral Commission considers this matter in the days ahead it brings down a judgment that will see New Zealand First paying the price for ...

Personal Explanations - Electoral Finance Act—Third Party Registration

Electoral Finance Act—Third Party Registration 2 Apr 2008

Hon BILL ENGLISH ... not include the correct authorisation. That statement is incorrect. I was going on the information available on the Electoral Commission’s website, and I now understand from discussion with the council that that website does not include all the ...

Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area Bill

In Committee 12 Mar 2008

JOHN CARTER ... Paula Bennett. They know she is a real challenge to them. One of the things we should do is to refer this bill to the Electoral Commission to see whether it fits in with the Electoral Finance Act. If we think about it we will see that it probably does ...

Electoral Finance Bill, Broadcasting Amendment Bill (No 3), Electoral Amendment Bill - Third Readings

Third Readings 18 Dec 2007

Hon ANNETTE KING ... response to matters raised following the select committee report. We have worked with the Chief Electoral Office, the Electoral Commission, the Law Commission, and the Crown Law Office to make this legislation work. There has been favourable feedback from ...

JOHN KEY ... the legislation. What sort of democracy are we creating in this country when we are creating law so muddled that the Electoral Commission is confused by it, the Law Society is against it, former Prime Ministers have come out speaking against it, and the ...

Electoral Finance Bill, Broadcasting Amendment Bill (No 3), Electoral Amendment Bill - Third Readings

Third Readings 18 Dec 2007

HONE HARAWIRA ... If this were only about election finances, then why did this Labour Government not ask the Auditor-General and the Electoral Commission to present a range of options for public consideration, and for presentation to this House? If this were only about ...

Taxation (Annual Rates, Business Taxation, KiwiSaver, and Remedial Matters) Bill

In Committee 12 Dec 2007

KATRINA SHANKS ... of those booklets having errors in them. The electoral funding legislation is an example of a situation where the Electoral Commission put out booklets telling people about its summary of that legislation and how it would impact on their lives and their ...

Appropriation (Continuation of Interim Meaning of Funding for Parliamentary Purposes) Bill

In Committee 14 Nov 2007

PETER BROWN ... off by Parliamentary Service. Parliamentary Service will tell the members that. We also had it checked off by the Electoral Commission, and the commission will tell the members that. This commencement date is the right date. We have got to roll over ...

Education

School Curriculum—Treaty of Waitangi 7 Nov 2007

Hon CHRIS CARTER ... Commissioner says it is a major milestone in improving financial knowledge, and has congratulated the Government. The Electoral Commission has praised the strong focus on citizenship.

General Debate 5 Sep 2007

SANDRA GOUDIE ... up to advocate for a form of our electoral finance law, and which has as its patron the former chief executive of the Electoral Commission, has said that it is “very disappointed with the new Electoral Finance Bill,” and has “noted that the government is ...

General Debate 22 Aug 2007

Hon PETE HODGSON ... news that he intended to live in Helensville. That is what he told the public in June and July 2002. So he told the Electoral Enrolment Centre that he lived in Helensville, he told the public that he would live in Helensville, and he told the returning officer ...

General Debate 15 Aug 2007

JO GOODHEW ... express a political view during an election year? That person cannot do so unless he or she has registered with the Electoral Commission. Just imagine how those people will feel when they know they have to register with the commission. Labour is scared ...

CHARLES CHAUVEL ... 16 substantive visits on that trip. The itinerary will be interesting to the House. First, we went to the Victorian Electoral Commission where we looked at its innovative programme for enrolling younger voters, something we are going to share with the ...

CHARLES CHAUVEL ... that is a lot easier to deliver than real services to victims. As I was saying, we then went to the Australian Electoral Commission and had a look at the three limbs that it says are important in a clean system: public funding for political parties, ...

Electoral Finance Bill

In Committee 11 Dec 2007

PHIL HEATLEY ... organisation have to fill in forms and go through some sort of bureaucracy. They have to send those forms into the Electoral Commission saying everything they want to do and what ads they will run—whatever. That is the first thing. They have to go ...

In Committee 6 Dec 2007

CHRISTOPHER FINLAYSON ... a fine judge of this land, appeared before the Justice and Electoral Committee in his capacity as the chair of the Electoral Commission. I asked him whether, given the problems that had occurred over the 2005 general election, it was more appropriate to ...

Hon DAVID CARTER ... refer now to clause 119. I will read out what I found to be a staggering comment. The clause heading states that the “Electoral Commission may provide guidance on commercial value of advertising space”. That is what it says—that the Electoral Commission may ...

KATE WILKINSON ... of people who will not read this legislation in detail. If the Minister cannot understand the legislation, if the Electoral Commission cannot understand the legislation, and if Parliament cannot understand the legislation, then how can a layperson be ...

METIRIA TUREI ... of the criminal or corrupt activity is very high. So increasing those fines was a very important thing to do, and the Electoral Commission supported us doing it. I also refer again to the very good Supplementary Order Paper 170, which establishes a ...

JOHN CARTER ... issue that I want to draw to the Committee’s attention, and the one that I think is seriously important, is that the Electoral Commission may provide guidance on the commercial value of advertising space. How do we interpret “may”? How does the Committee ...

TIM GROSER ... has admitted she does not understand it. It is a bill of such complexity that Helena Catt, the chief executive of the Electoral Commission, says she does not understand it. But at least these two persons drawn from each of the electorate lists—at random, I ...

In Committee 5 Dec 2007

Hon BILL ENGLISH ... one law for everybody; that is giving MPs a privileged position. So what does that mean? The chief executive of the Electoral Commission said that she did not know. The Minister of Justice then grossly overstepped her capacity by coming to Parliament and ...

KATE WILKINSON ... the amount of the donation, and the date of the donation. This return has to be filed in the correct form with the Electoral Commission, and that has to be done within 10 working days of the donation being received. Clause 38 is just one of many ...

CHARLES CHAUVEL ... there is practice. This provision has been substantially part of our law since 1956. It is not an innovation that the Electoral Commission has to grapple with, and we should not pretend that it is. The law in this area is actually relatively well settled. ...

METIRIA TUREI ... more than $1,000 to a political party but do not want the party or the public to know, then they give it to the Electoral Commission, they say whom they want the money to go to, and they give their names and addresses. The Electoral Commission will ...

Hon TAU HENARE ... so much. The wording of this clause provides that any anonymous donation of over $1,000 has to be paid to the Electoral Commission or the Chief Electoral Officer. But my point is that donations can be anything; they do not necessarily have to be ....

Dr WAYNE MAPP ... that was mentioned by Metiria Turei, $36,000, is probably reasonable, but the device of deliberately inserting the Electoral Commission as the recipient is designed to chill contributions made by the public. Those members know that that will be the effect,...

CHRISTOPHER FINLAYSON ... by a party’s financial agent, the financial agent must, within 20 working days of receipt of the donation, pay to the Electoral Commission the amount of the donation, … less $1,000.” That is the way the clause will work. But it is important to note that ...

Hon ANNETTE KING ... to the next whole $1,000. The total donation amounts that political parties and third parties can receive through the Electoral Commission will also increase at the same rate. This increase will occur once every 3 years by an Order in Council that will come ...

ANNE TOLLEY ... that the threshold of either group spending or individual spending should be $12,000. Quite interestingly, the Electoral Commission disagreed with that decision at the Justice and Electoral Committee. It said that the threshold should be set at $40,000...

Hon TONY RYALL ... in the electoral system, which is not necessarily the case with this legislation. But there are requirements for the Electoral Commission to make available for public inspection lists of third party donations, candidate donations, and party donations. The ...

Hon TONY RYALL ... information should be available for ordinary people to go and look at. Right now it is just not easy. I think the Electoral Commission is making some information available on its website now that never used to be available, but when it comes to the ...

In Committee 5 Dec 2007

(c)any sum paid by the Electoral Commission under 28E(2)(b) or 28E(3)(b).

to omit all the words after (a) and substitute the words “the Chief Executive of the Electoral Commission”.

(4) The Electoral Commission will make available for public inspection a copy of every return and report referred to in subsection (1) at the ...

(4)The Electoral Commission will make available for public inspection a copy of every return and report referred to in subsection (1) at the ...

CHRISTOPHER FINLAYSON ... limits in the bill—not just some of them but all of them—should be adjusted for inflation using the CPI. Indeed, the Electoral Commission recommended this kind of mechanism, and I understand that it is the practice in Australia. I do not think Parliament ...

In Committee 4 Dec 2007

Hon RICK BARKER ... day” and substitute the words “the 21st day before polling day”. There was criticism of this particular date from the Electoral Commission and the Human Rights Commission, and for good reason: it was far too far out. We have now rolled it back to 21 days ...

JOHN KEY ... Electoral Finance Bill. It is a shambles. The Minister does not understand it. Labour MPs do not understand it. The Electoral Commission cannot understand it. Nobody understands this legislation. It is such a mess that the Labour Minister responsible for ...

CHARLES CHAUVEL ... or collusion between primary and third parties. Another significant change that appears in this part is that the Electoral Commission will administer third party listing under clause 15 of the bill, and under clause 16 it will be empowered to prescribe ...

Hon TONY RYALL ... the electoral roll. If he or she is not on the electoral roll, then the $20 should be given back or returned to the Electoral Commission. That is exactly what the member said—that the Green Party would ring up and check whether anyone giving 20 bucks was ...

ANNE TOLLEY ... from the Labour Government and its lackeys. The other organisation that commented on this clause was of course the Electoral Commission. It said, in its comments to the select committee, that it also recommended removing this clause. The commission said ...

Hon RICK BARKER It is 3 weeks—a significant improvement and a significant advancement—and it meets the requirements of the Electoral Commission and the Human Rights Commission to be as close as administrably possible to polling day. I am pleased to be able to ...

NICKY WAGNER ... of rules that determine when the listing of a third party must be refused. These third parties must be refused by the Electoral Commission, the very commission whose chief executive officer has already expressed concerns that it will not be able to ...

Dr RICHARD WORTH ...egarded”? If we look at the body of the legislation, we see that the possibilities are the Chief Electoral Officer, the Electoral Commission, the police, and the courts. There needs to be greater certainty around that. This is not, as another Minister has said,...

In Committee 4 Dec 2007

Hon ANNETTE KING ... self-interested. National Party members have shamelessly used organisations like the Human Rights Commission and the Electoral Commission in their adverts and in their speeches, and not once have they acknowledged that the Human Rights Commission and the ...

Second Reading 22 Nov 2007

HEATHER ROY ... to introduce these and as they are in the United States. This Government should have listened to the advice of the Electoral Commission, particularly when it recommended that spending and registration limits could be indexed to inflation. We have had ...

CHRISTOPHER FINLAYSON ... it is unenforceable. It says it will diminish confidence in the electoral system. Just this morning Dr Catt from the Electoral Commission has been saying that parts of the bill are incredibly hard to understand—and not just the auditing requirement.

CHRISTOPHER FINLAYSON ... by the Prime Minister from afar as nitpicking. The Minister of Justice lamely said that people could go to the Electoral Commission, but that is not an answer. The Electoral Commission is the body that is supposed to be supervising all these ...

HONE HARAWIRA ... even came up, but in many respects Te Pūtātara could be put alongside the views of the Human Rights Commission, the Electoral Commission, the Law Society, and many of the other 575 public submissions on this bill that called for accountability, ...

ANNE TOLLEY ... Rights Commission says that in its own press release that it put out publicly yesterday. Secondly, I compliment the Electoral Commission and its chief executive, Dr Catt. I think she did a superb job. The comments and suggestions that the commission made ...

Second Reading 22 Nov 2007

METIRIA TUREI ... staff in particular who worked very hard on this bill; the advisers, both from the Ministry of Justice and the Electoral Commission, who did a huge amount of work; the other members of the committee, particularly those from United Future, New Zealand ...

Second Reading 22 Nov 2007

Hon ANNETTE KING ... cap for third parties. Any third party that wishes to engage in election advertising will need to register with the Electoral Commission if it plans to spend more than $12,000 during a regulated period. In addition, third parties will be able to ...

Hon BILL ENGLISH ... Minister of Justice, who is supposed to know the law, apparently, maybe was not aware that the chief executive of the Electoral Commission was making public comment today. But I have raised the point and I am still waiting for an answer from the Minister. ...

Hon BILL ENGLISH ... process that is. If I want to know how to comply with the law, I suppose I go and ask the chief executive of the Electoral Commission. After all, she is the person who is quoted in the commentary on the bill as being the person who will decide on a ...

Hon BILL ENGLISH ... of Justice to whom I should go to ensure I do not commit a corrupt act. She said to go to the chief executive of the Electoral Commission. I think the word for this is “Kafkaesque”, although I do not think the Minister for Justice could say that. The ...

Hon TONY RYALL ... during question time. In one answer she said that if people have questions about the bill then they should go to the Electoral Commission. Mr English told her that the Electoral Commission does not know what answers to give. And what did the Minister then ...

First Reading 26 Jul 2007

Hon MARK BURTON ... There are also changes to the broadcasting regime. The most significant change relates to the membership of the Electoral Commission. The bill will remove the requirement for political representatives to be appointed members of the Electoral ...

R DOUG WOOLERTON ... hope it will not win in the next! New Zealand First also applauds the removal of political representatives from the Electoral Commission when it comes to radio broadcasting. We think that should have happened a long time ago. That situation is an overhang ...

JEANETTE FITZSIMONS ... based, grassroots support. Fifth, we must end the practice of having representatives of the two old parties on the Electoral Commission when it allocates broadcasting funding under the pretence that the largest Opposition party can represent all the ...

... democracy, then the place to start is with the hope of our future—young people. Research released last year by the Electoral Commission found that 51 percent of Māori non-voters were in the 20 to 30-year-old age-group. If we are really committed to ...

General Debate 22 Nov 2006

Hon LIANNE DALZIEL ... can understand the sensitivity of that member. I was saying that the public would not have known, if the email to the Electoral Commission had not been disclosed in the course of an investigation. It showed that the Exclusive Brethren were prepared to spend $...

Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE ... the evidence contained in this book: “I would expect to see much of the evidence set out in the book reported to the Electoral Commission, Parliamentary Services, the police and the Auditor-General.” I go on to quote Mr Hager from an interview this ....

Appointments - Representation Commission

Representation Commission 21 Nov 2006

NANDOR TANCZOS ... these two motions, just as the Green Party opposed last year the nominations of David Caygill and John Isles to the Electoral Commission. We consider that it is just not tenable in the 21st century in New Zealand—which has a proportional representation ...

Hon PETER DUNNE ... ourselves, and one or two other parties—I think New Zealand First, as well—joined forces over appointments to the Electoral Commission on precisely the same basis as this. I even recall—and you, Mr Assistant Speaker, will, as well—back to somewhat ...

Appropriation (Parliamentary Expenditure Validation) Bill

Third Reading 18 Oct 2006

PETER BROWN ... We went and asked the Parliamentary Service, and we got sign-off. But we went further than that. We went to the Electoral Commission and got our materials signed off. There may have been some small rats and mice stuff that we did in-house, but we got ...

First Reading 17 Oct 2006

Dr DON BRASH ... had he been found to be guilty. He was not guilty—the court found he was not guilty. The Chief Electoral Officer, the Electoral Commission, the Auditor-General, and the Solicitor-General all accept that Labour spent more than its legal entitlement in the ...

Justice

Referendum on MMP—Preparations 16 Jun 2011

Hon SIMON POWER Good progress. The Electoral Commission has recently launched an independent and neutral public information campaign to educate voters on the referendum ...

Referendum on MMP—Campaign Spending Cap 25 Mar 2010

Hon CHRISTOPHER FINLAYSON ... system, in 1992 and 1993, and the super-referendum in 1997 had no cap on spending and no need to register with the Electoral Commission. All that was needed was a promoter statement. In fact, the Minister is advised that no Government referendum in the ...

Electoral Roll—Enrolment Rate 23 Sep 2008

Hon ANNETTE KING I am advised by the Electoral Enrolment Centre that the figures quoted by Mr Moss are purely speculative. However, there has been an increase in the number of people ...

Hon ANNETTE KING As I said, from the announcement of the election date quite a lot of activity is undertaken by the Electoral Enrolment Centre, including sending enrolment update packs to all overseas voters with postal addresses; sending voting information to ...

Electoral Finance Act—Freedom of Speech 23 Sep 2008

Hon ANNETTE KING ... also entitled to exercise free speech and is allowed to make whatever comments he wishes. In the end, it is up to the Electoral Commission. But I think that member has probably distorted what Jim Anderton said.

Hon Bill English Does the Minister stand by her rather obvious statement that she is not an expert on this law but that the Electoral Commission is; and what does she think about the expert opinion of the chief executive of the Electoral Commission, when she said:...

Hon Bill English ... not aware that it is a disgrace that the law that she passed has been described by the chief executive of the Electoral Commission, 2 months out from the election, as “having a chilling effect on the extent and type of participation in campaign ...

Hon Bill English ... are so complex that many people are too scared to have a go at campaigning, and where the chief executive of the Electoral Commission has said that the law has a chilling effect and that meanings of the legislation are obscure; and has any Minister ...

Electoral Finance Act—Public Participation in Democracy 26 Aug 2008

Hon ANNETTE KING No. Once again, “Lawyer English” is on the job, so no doubt he will send it off to the Electoral Commission. He is Parliament’s tell-tale tit.

Political Parties—State Funding 6 Aug 2008

Hon Bill English ... it and it had been put in last year’s Budget, Labour set about covertly using State funding—as confirmed by the Electoral Commission, which last week made a decision that the Budget pamphlet put out by the Prime Minister’s office is an election ...

Election Advertising—Parliamentary Funding 5 Aug 2008

Hon Bill English ... “A fair economy for a strong future”, which on Friday last week was declared an election advertisement by the Electoral Commission; if she is not aware of that, why not?

Hon Bill English ... Minister of Justice tell us whether she means that this election brochure, now declared to be electioneering by the Electoral Commission, will count as an election expense for the Labour Party, or will Labour do what it did last election, which was to ...

Hon Bill English ... the Minister seen the letter, dated 26 June 2008, from Mike Smith, the general secretary of the Labour Party, to the Electoral Commission about this pamphlet that says that it is an election advertisement for the Labour Party and that he is entitled to ...

Hon Bill English ... that the difference between those documents from ACT and the Greens that she just produced and this one is that the Electoral Commission has said that this one is an election advertisement; is that kind of misunderstanding the reason why all four parties ...

Political Funding—Sources 24 Jul 2008

Gerry Brownlee ... should be able to solicit and collect a $25,000 donation, yet not declare any such donation in its returns to the Electoral Commission?

Gerry Brownlee ... that he paid $25,000 as a donation to New Zealand First as a party in 2005, but that New Zealand First returns to the Electoral Commission in 2005 and 2006 list no such donation; and if she is not concerned about that, how would her lack of concern line up ...

Gerry Brownlee What are the penalties for deliberately submitting an incorrect or incomplete donation return to the Electoral Commission in any particular year?

Gerry Brownlee ... First, and the considerable donation made to New Zealand First by Owen Glenn, warrant further investigations by the Electoral Commission to ensure that New Zealand First now understands—

Gerry Brownlee ... both Bob Jones and Owen Glenn that have not been declared by New Zealand First warrant further investigation by the Electoral Commission; and will she, as Minister, ask the commission to consider making those investigations, or is it just—as the Prime ...

Hon ANNETTE KING ... he constantly does—he makes it up. He pretends he knows a lot about the Electoral Act, but he may not know that the Electoral Commission is actually independent of the Minister of Justice and it will decide whether it will investigate any action of any ...

Electoral Commission—Scheduled Meetings 26 Jun 2008

Hon BILL ENGLISH How many times will the Electoral Commission meet before this year’s general election?

Hon ANNETTE KING The Electoral Commission is an independent Crown entity, and its meetings are not a matter of ministerial responsibility. However, I have been ...

Hon Bill English ... in this House about the application of the Electoral Finance Act that those matters will be considered by the Electoral Commission, when the commission has said that it will meet only another three times before the election?

Hon ANNETTE KING ... have just given the member an answer that disputes the assertions in his question, and I stand by the answer that the Electoral Commission gave me.

Hon Bill English Why would the Minister take the assurance of the chief executive of the Electoral Commission at face value when, 7 months into election year, the commission has been unable to give us a definitive position on ...

Hon ANNETTE KING Because members of the Electoral Commission are honourable people.

Hon Bill English When exactly will the Electoral Commission have time to consider the issues that are being raised constantly by political parties, given that of the nine items ...

Hon ANNETTE KING I believe that the people at the Electoral Commission are honourable people. They will make their decisions after consideration. They are not into conspiracy theories, ...

Hon ANNETTE KING ... wasted a lot of their money—and it is their money, and they can waste it however they like—pursuing issues with the Electoral Commission and in the court, rather than spending it on an election campaign. Why do they not just get on with it?

Hon Bill English ...resolved; and can she tell us whether at any time since she has been Minister of Justice she has been approached by the Electoral Commission to provide the resources it requires to resolve these issues; and if it has approached her, what was her response?

Hon Bill English ... Minister of Justice, can she comment on how fair and just it is that many of the issues that are to be decided by the Electoral Commission will not be decided until after the election; has she considered the fact that MPs could lose their seats through an ...

Election Advertising—Political Party Logos 24 Jun 2008

Hon ANNETTE KING The Electoral Finance Act 2007 sets out the rules to be administered by the Electoral Commission and the Chief Electoral Officer. It is to those independent agencies that the member should direct his question.

Hon Bill English ... almost 7 months into election year, after 2 years of Labour putting the Electoral Finance Act through Parliament, the Electoral Commission has still not decided whether party logos by themselves are election advertisements; and can she understand the ...

Hon ANNETTE KING I am aware of a comment made in the New Zealand Herald by Dr Catt from the Electoral Commission that there were some differences of opinion amongst commissioners and they are working through that. I am also aware ...

Election Advertising—Departmental Material 19 Jun 2008

Hon ANNETTE KING ... out at the Fieldays. They are unauthorised and were paid for by taxpayers’ money, and they will be sent off to the Electoral Commission because this is nothing more than two-faced hypocrisy from the National Party.

Election Spending—We’re Making a Difference for Everyone 18 Jun 2008

Hon Bill English ... did the Minister make that statement in the House, when in fact the secretary of the Labour Party had written to the Electoral Commission only 2 days earlier to deny that the pamphlet was even an election advertisement, let alone that it would count as a ...

Hon Bill English ... count the booklet as a Labour Party election expense, or was it the Labour Party’s financial agent, who wrote to the Electoral Commission to say that Labour had done nothing wrong, and, in fact, to demand that a correction be made on the commission’s ...

Hon Bill English ... he would count the cost of the pledge card as an election expense, but then, once the election was over, he told the Electoral Commission that it would not be counted as an election expense?

Election Advertising—Third Party Registration 17 Jun 2008

Hon BILL ENGLISH ...Government’s policy that groups intending to spend more than $12,000 on election advertisements must register with the Electoral Commission as a third party; if so, why?

Hon Bill English ... requiring third parties who spend over $12,000 on election advertising to register—will the Minister decide, will the Electoral Commission decide, or will the Minister leave it to the courts to decide after the election?

Election Advertising—Publicity 29 May 2008

Hon Bill English ... and it is one on which political parties hold different opinions, then that group may well have to register with the Electoral Commission as a third party, or run the risk of committing an illegal act?

Hon Dr MICHAEL CULLEN ... it is the Government’s position to abide by the decisions of the relevant authorities. In that case it would be the Electoral Commission’s decision.

Hon Bill English ... is planning a workers’ rights advertising campaign focused on this year’s election, and can she confirm that if the Electoral Commission refuses to register that union as a third party, then the union’s campaign is likely to be illegal under the Electoral ...

Hon Dr MICHAEL CULLEN ... and Manufacturing Union will have to seek its own legal opinion and, indeed, be guided by the opinions of the Electoral Commission. I am sure that union will obey the law; if it does not, then the law, of course, will follow through in its ...

Hon Bill English ... to do in its purpose section, when 6 months before an election and almost halfway through the regulated period the Electoral Commission, which the Minister referred to as the body that is meant to make the decisions, says that the definition of an ...

Electoral Finance Act—Operation 27 May 2008

Hon PETE HODGSON The High Court has recently determined what it thinks the word “person” means. The Electoral Commission will decide whether the Amalgamated Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union, or any other union, is or is not a ...

Hon Bill English ... what the law says it means, whereas Crown Law had given different advice; and when, at a meeting between MPs and the Electoral Commission last week, the Electoral Commission suggested that all party logos, no matter how they are displayed, may constitute ...

Election Spending—Parliamentary Funding 17 Apr 2008

Hon TREVOR MALLARD As the member is aware, the Electoral Commission is currently doing some work to provide guidance to parties on the interpretation of the words “member of Parliament ...

Hon Bill English Is the Minister aware that the Electoral Commission is doing more than some work on it; it has actually said that the Minister of Justice is wrong, and in her statement ...

Hon Bill English ... the Minister accept that if a press release, such as a newsletter, can be judged an election advertisement—and the Electoral Commission has already stated that one MP’s newsletter is an election advertisement—then can she confirm that any Government ...

Hon Bill English When will the Minister explain why statements that are made in an MP’s newsletter have already been determined by the Electoral Commission to be election advertisements, but the Minister maintains the ridiculous position that the statement made in an MP’s ...

Election Advertising—Departmental Material 15 Apr 2008

Hon Bill English ... Parliament rely on the Labour Party to comply with the electoral law, when earlier this year it said it had asked the Electoral Commission about pamphlets that it had put out, when actually it had not; when Mike Williams, the President of the Labour Party, ...

We’re Making a Difference for Everyone —Distribution 10 Apr 2008

Hon Bill English The Minister seems to overlook the fact that the Electoral Commission has found that Labour broke the law. It is not an allegation; it is a fact. We are quite free to recite that fact in ...

Electoral Finance Act—Third Party Registration 10 Apr 2008

Hon ANNETTE KING ... Parliament is reflected in the Electoral Finance Act. The registration of third parties is the responsibility of the Electoral Commission.

Hon ANNETTE KING Any decision on who is registered as a third party is a matter for the Electoral Commission.

Hon ANNETTE KING ... what would be in the Electoral Finance Act, and any interpretation of what a third party is will be decided by the Electoral Commission.

Hon ANNETTE KING ... or David Farrar—the front for the National Party—is registered as a third party is very much the decision of the Electoral Commission.

Hon ANNETTE KING The member talks a lot of nonsense. We will leave it in the hands of the independent Electoral Commission to decide who will be a third party. I am wondering when that member is going to stop accusing everybody of breaking ...

Hon ANNETTE KING ... first party that registered as a third party was the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union. According to the Electoral Commission, the first person who registered was Anthony John Gavigan.

We’re Making a Difference for Everyone —Distribution 9 Apr 2008

Hon PETE HODGSON It has been discovered by judgment from the Electoral Commission that it is an electoral advertisement. If it is attributable, it will be attributed. We in this party do seek to obey ...

Hon Bill English ... gave just before the 2005 election, when the secretary of the Labour Party gave an undertaking in writing to the Electoral Commission that the $800,000 pledge card would be counted as an election expense for Labour, then, 2 days after the election, ...

Hon Bill English Can the Minister tell us whether it was the intention of Government policy that when the Electoral Commission found that this pamphlet from the Labour Party breached the electoral law it should not refer it to the police for ...

Hon PETE HODGSON ... gymnastic. He could perhaps be accused of having kangaroos in the top paddock. The long and short of it is that the Electoral Commission is its own body and will make its own judgments. It is entitled to do that, under the law of the land.

Election Spending—Parliamentary Funding 9 Apr 2008

Hon PETE HODGSON ... for any publication that relates to a member of Parliament to be excluded. That is still under exploration by the Electoral Commission.

Hon PETE HODGSON I raise a point of order, Madam Speaker. I am surprised that the member is not aware that the Electoral Commission went to every party last week—

Hon Bill English ... have contradicted themselves over whether this pamphlet is covered, when Labour has had one warning from the Electoral Commission about breaching the law, when it has had one decision from the Electoral Commission that it has breached the law, when ...

Election Spending—Parliamentary Service Funding 8 Apr 2008

Hon ANNETTE KING The intention of Parliament is contained in the Electoral Finance Act. The Electoral Commission is responsible for determining what constitutes election advertising. The responsibility for Parliamentary Service’s ...

Hon ANNETTE KING The Electoral Commission has ruled that the pamphlet We’re Making a Difference for Everyone, which was printed, published, and distributed last ...

Hon Bill English Will the Minister answer the question I asked, which was why should something that the Electoral Commission determined is an election advertisement not count towards the election expenses of the Labour Party?

Hon ANNETTE KING ... too busy thinking of the next question. I said that the pamphlet has been ruled as an election advertisement by the Electoral Commission. Any of those pamphlets that have been distributed this year have to count against the Labour Party.

Hon ANNETTE KING ... is that if he is in any doubt about what he ought to do and what his party ought to do, he should get advice from the Electoral Commission. It is giving out very good advice. What the National Party wants to do is pick and choose from that advice. It ...

Electoral Finance Act—Third Party Registration 8 Apr 2008

Hon ANNETTE KING The intention of Parliament is contained in the Act. Registration of third parties is the responsibility of the Electoral Commission, not the Minister of Justice. The purpose of the third-party provisions is to ensure that New Zealand’s electoral ...

Hon Bill English Can she confirm that the Electoral Commission’s ruling on Friday, made under Labour’s legislation, means that no matter how closely any group is linked to a ...

Hon ANNETTE KING The decision that was made by the Electoral Commission on Friday came after it had got a Crown Law opinion. It is up to the Electoral Commission to decide whom it will ...

Hon ANNETTE KING ... public of New Zealand can pick them up right now, and they say “Party vote National”. They are on their way to the Electoral Commission for it to decide whether there will be some egg on the National Party’s face, because its members are the ones who ...

Hon Bill English Is the Minister aware that the Electoral Commission’s ruling last week to allow the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union to register as a third party means that ...

Hon Bill English ... as third parties and spending large amounts of money on attacking Labour’s opponents, why does she endorse the Electoral Commission’s view that unions that are represented on Labour’s ruling council are able to register as third parties in order to ...

Hon ANNETTE KING I support the decision of the Electoral Commission, which was backed up by a Crown Law opinion.

Election Advertising—Electoral Commissioners 3 Apr 2008

Hon Dr MICHAEL CULLEN It is clear that the Electoral Commission has a central role in determining what is election advertising.

Hon Dr MICHAEL CULLEN ... govern this matter. The Parliamentary Service Act governs what members of Parliament can spend money on. The Electoral Commission determines what is election advertising. Matters that are properly authorised as being for parliamentary purposes do ...

Hon Bill English Can the Minister confirm that the Electoral Commission has ruled that the Labour Party’s We’re Making a Difference to Everyone booklet was paid for out of parliamentary ...

Electoral Finance Act—Reporting of Offences 3 Apr 2008

Hon BILL ENGLISH Is it the Government’s policy that if the Electoral Commission believes an offence has been committed under the Electoral Finance Act 2007, it must report this to the police, unless ...

Hon Bill English Is the Minister aware that the Electoral Commission has ruled that Labour breached the Electoral Finance Act by not having an authorisation statement on its We’re Making ...

Hon Dr MICHAEL CULLEN I understand the Electoral Commission has determined not to send the matter to the police.

Hon Bill English Is she aware that the Electoral Commission has not said that Labour’s breach is inconsequential but merely that it is the first offence, and therefore the ...

Hon Dr MICHAEL CULLEN The Electoral Commission is an independent body and acts independently.

Hon Bill English How, when this is, in fact, the second warning the Labour Party has had—the first one being when the Electoral Commission had to correct Labour Party secretary Mike Smith, who misled the public about the advice he had been given, and now it ...

Hon Dr MICHAEL CULLEN ... has been distributed this year, and therefore National has committed exactly the same offence, which, hopefully, the Electoral Commission will make the same decision on. What I think the decision of the commission has shown is that it is very important for ...

Hon Bill English ... before the election to count the pledge card in its electoral expenses, then after the election it wrote to the Electoral Commission and withdrew that promise, and despite the fact that the police, deciding there was a prima facie case against Labour, ...

Hon Dr MICHAEL CULLEN The Electoral Commission is independent and makes its own decisions, and I am not going to make comments that predetermine what those decisions ...

Hon Bill English ... but everyone else would have to keep the law, and if they break it—even if it is New Zealand First and the Greens—the Electoral Commission will refer them to the police?

Hon Dr MICHAEL CULLEN If the Electoral Commission refers the National Party to the police on the basis of this DVD, then I suspect that the answer would have to be yes—bu...

Electoral Finance Act—Statement 1 Apr 2008

Hon ANNETTE KING ... place to tell the Green Party what action to take. It must decide that and take the consequences. I expect that the Electoral Commission will look at any breach—or alleged breach—as we expect it to do.

Election Advertising—Financial Agent Authorisation 20 Mar 2008

Hon BILL ENGLISH Has she been advised of a joint statement from the Chief Electoral Officer and the chief executive of the Electoral Commission stating that election advertisements promoted by financial agents must contain a statement setting out the name of the ...

Election Advertising—Financial Agent Authorisation 11 Mar 2008

Hon Bill English Does the Minister agree with the Chief Electoral Office and the Electoral Commission that the law requires that electoral advertisements promoted by financial agents, or parties, candidates, or third ...

Hon PETE HODGSON ... seen a press statement to that effect dated last week—I am not sure which day—from the Chief Electoral Office and the Electoral Commission.

Hon Bill English ... and should the police investigate a CD produced by the Labour Party with the wrong authorisation on it, and is the Electoral Commission the correct body to refer that CD to the police for investigation?

Electoral Finance Act—Election Advertising 6 Mar 2008

Hon ANNETTE KING I suggest to the member that the Electoral Commission will make that decision. But I can also say to the member that this booklet was put out in 2007 before the Electoral ...

Hon ANNETTE KING ...; they do not bring in another booklet that was released last year and highlight that. My advice is that they go to the Electoral Commission to get advice on whether those publications are counted, because everyone ought to be very, very careful.

Hon ANNETTE KING ... today also takes the National Party’s responsibilities seriously. If he does he will send this booklet to the Electoral Commission and get a ruling on it. The member said it was distributed last year, but it is still available today. I want to know ...

Hon ANNETTE KING ... Brethren that if they are planning the sort of campaign they had last year, they too ought to get advice from the Electoral Commission.

Gerry Brownlee ... because, quite obviously, Dr Cullen and others would know that the Minister’s answer is simply to go and ask the Electoral Commission or go to the courts, because she has given the House absolutely no elucidation as to her own views on these matters at ...

Hon Bill English ... There is just one other matter we should clarify. You said in your original statement that asking an opinion of the Electoral Commission may affect your ruling. I think it is important for the whole House to understand that the Electoral Commission can ...

Electoral Finance Act—Enforcement 20 Feb 2008

Hon ANNETTE KING Under the Electoral Finance Act, the Electoral Commission and the Chief Electoral Office have administrative responsibility for aspects of the Act, and the police have the ...

Hon Bill English So what action does the Minister expect would be taken by the Electoral Commission or the police when the president of a major party says: “We don’t declare these sort of donations, but we get lots of ...

Hon ANNETTE KING A show of enforcement will be made either by the Chief Electoral Officer or the Electoral Commission, or the police if that is necessary—it is not for me to say that. But what I will say to the member is that up until ...

Political Parties—Donations 19 Feb 2008

Hon Bill English ... been failing to report such donations for up to 15 years; if so, will she be asking her officials or those of the Electoral Commission to investigate?

Electoral Finance Bill—Consequences of Overspending 18 Dec 2007

Hon ANNETTE KING I am very happy to. Both the Prime Minister and I have read the bill. I say to the member that the Electoral Commission will be charged with making decisions on whether publications by third parties fall into the definition of an election ...

Electoral Finance Bill—Interpretation of Clause 80(d) 6 Dec 2007

Hon Bill English ... and that in seeking some understanding of what the law means they have had statements from the chief executive of the Electoral Commission, who says she does not know; one bungled shambles of an explanation from the Minister, which was impractical and, as ...

Electoral Finance Bill—Interpretation of Clause 80(d) 5 Dec 2007

Hon Bill English Can the Minister clarify that this is the situation: MPs need guidance on how they can comply with clause 80(d), the Electoral Commission asks for some clarity so it can give guidance to MPs, the Minister says “Well, I’m not going to change the law, but ...

Hon ANNETTE KING Yes, that is correct. In fact, clarification around the role of an MP acting in that role is something that the Electoral Commission has sought. I believe that this House could provide further clarification, because we are the ones who actually go out ...

Hon ANNETTE KING ... around election spending, and then, when he thought he would get some headlines out of it, he said he would not. The Electoral Commission chief executive, Helena Catt, has confirmed that National said that it would participate, and now it will not. ...

Hon Bill English ... interpretation for one provision of this bill and that she turned out to be wrong, that the chief executive of the Electoral Commission has said that she does not understand it, and that the one issue that the Minister tried to clarify has turned into a ...

Hon ANNETTE KING The member distorts what the Electoral Commission said—

Hon ANNETTE KING Well, the member raised it and I am answering this question. The Electoral Commission asked for clarification from this Parliament, and that is what it will get if people engage in this debate in a ...

Electoral Finance Bill—“Capacity as a member of Parliament” 4 Dec 2007

Hon PETE HODGSON ... of 121 MPs it is not only her view that is important; rather, it is the view of Parliament. I understand that the Electoral Commission has invited all parties to discuss this matter, and that—I could be wrong—all parties except the National Party are ...

Electoral Finance Bill—Amendments 22 Nov 2007

Hon ANNETTE KING ... already signalled one policy change to amend, in clause 17, the date from which third parties cannot list with the Electoral Commission. Any other changes are likely to be technical. Officials are looking at these, and I expect to receive advice soon. I ...

Hon Peter Dunne ... Prime Minister’s comments yesterday that the Government was looking at further amendments, the chief executive of the Electoral Commission’s comments this morning about some of the practical difficulties she envisages with the law, and the Minister’s own ...

Electoral Finance Bill—Election Advertisements, Government Publicity 22 Nov 2007

Hon Bill English Is the Minister aware that this is one of the areas that the chief executive of the Electoral Commission targeted as having one, two, three, or maybe four different interpretations; and to whom do we go to find out what the ...

Hon Bill English ...That’s a new provision. Can the Government technically be regarded as a type of party?”, and the chief executive of the Electoral Commission, who is meant to decide these things, replied: “Given that there are more than one party in the Government, then, yes, ...

Electoral Finance Bill—Electoral Commission View 22 Nov 2007

Hon BILL ENGLISH Does she agree with the chief executive of the Electoral Commission, Dr Helena Catt, that interpreting parts of the Electoral Finance Bill is “almost impossible”; if not, why not?

Hon Bill English Is the Minister aware that Dr Helena Catt, in her capacity as chief executive of the Electoral Commission, will be the person to whom anyone should go to get an interpretation of what the legislation means, and that she has ...

Lynne Pillay What other reports has she seen recently in relation to the Electoral Commission?

Hon Bill English ... it gives the public or anyone who wants to take a position in an election year, when the chief executive of the Electoral Commission responsible for enforcing the bill said today: “On any situation where we’ve got one, two, maybe three, four different ...

Hon ANNETTE KING I think the chief executive of the Electoral Commission has made it clear there are two main areas that she has concern about. It is in the interpretation of the words “in ...

Hon Bill English What confidence does the Minister think it gives the public, when the chief executive of the Electoral Commission is told this: “It is your problem, because you’re the one in the hot seat, or one of two senior officials in the hot ...

Hon ANNETTE KING ... welcome further clarification in the commentary on this bill. I believe that is possible. It is also the role of the Electoral Commission, as was pointed out by the select committee, to give guidance in terms of interpretation as well.

Hon Bill English ... says people should go and get their own lawyer; and when they do go to the lawyers they tell people to go and ask the Electoral Commission; and when I have said to the lawyers we will go and ask the Minister of Justice, and the Minister of Justice has said ...

Hon ANNETTE KING I believe the law of common sense will apply. There will also be adequate interpretation for the Electoral Commission to be able to make some decisions. I have greater faith in the Electoral Commission’s ability to do that and to work ...

Hon Bill English Has the Minister read the commentary on her own bill, in light of the comments by the chief executive of the Electoral Commission that she finds it hard to define party election expenses—and she is the expert—when the commentary states “The ...

Hon ANNETTE KING ... committee. That is in the commentary. Bill English did not read that out, and I have already made it clear that the Electoral Commission has sought further advice on the words “inducement to vote”. That can be provided in the commentary during the second ...

Hon Bill English ... therefore count as an election expense, yet when they try to find out what they are allowed to do by going off to the Electoral Commission and its chief executive and asking her what they are allowed to do, they are told that she does not understand this ...

Hon Bill English Is it now the case that MPs who want to comply with this law should go and ask the Electoral Commission’s chief executive, who has said she does not understand it and we cannot rely on what she says, and that we therefore ...

Hon ANNETTE KING I think that any party or member of Parliament who wanted to approach the Electoral Commission would be perfectly able to do so, and I suggest that many people probably will.

Hon Bill English How can the Parliament have any confidence in the Minister, when it is the chief executive of the Electoral Commission who is meant to decide these things and who is meant to give opinions in order to assist MPs to comply with the law ...

Electoral Finance Bill—Election Advertisements, KiwiSaver Publicity 21 Nov 2007

Christopher Finlayson ... that contradict the words of the Electoral Finance Bill, and when we were told today that the chief executive of the Electoral Commission thinks it needs more guidance on the rules of the bill because they are not clear and are likely to result in a lot of ...

Electoral Finance Bill—Election Advertisements 20 Nov 2007

Hon ANNETTE KING ... Act that the Government brought in, in 1993. It is clear now. I suggest that any people who have any doubt go to the Electoral Commission for advice, but I suggest they do it openly and they do not write a letter to the Electoral Commission, as the ...

Electoral Finance Bill—Human Rights 24 Oct 2007

Hon Bill English ... human rights” is the regulated period starting on 1 January in an election year; and can he confirm that the Electoral Commission in the United Kingdom studied its country’s 12-month election period—the longest in the world—and recommended that the ...

Labour Party Pledge Card—Chief Electoral Officer's Statement 23 Aug 2006

Hon Tony Ryall Can the Minister confirm that the Electoral Commission told the police that the Labour Party had spent more than it was legally permitted to, and that this was referred to ...

General Debate 23 Aug 2006

Dr DON BRASH ...—in writing—that the pledge card was election spending and should be included in Labour’s electoral spending limit. The Electoral Commission then referred the pledge card to the police, and argued that, prima facie, expenditure on the card took total Labour ...

General Debate 14 Jun 2006

Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS ...ational’s actions? Who is out of pocket? If members read today’s paper, they will see that the chief executive of the Electoral Commission said yesterday that National could repay the money without a legislative change. National has some lawyer members and ...

Budget Debate 23 May 2006

JOHN KEY ... and in the first Government speech all the member could do was raise some spurious email of people who went to the Electoral Commission months earlier. This Government has nothing to say about its Budget whatsoever. Trevor Mallard, the man who begs Helen ...

Debate on Prime Minister’s Statement 21 Feb 2006

ANNE TOLLEY ... Labour’s spin and deception. But it does not take a law degree to work out that this, too, is electioneering. The Electoral Commission thought it was. It insisted that Labour include that $446,815 in its election costs, and thus Labour has exceeded its ...

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Electoral Finance Bill—Prime Minister’s Comments 18 Dec 2007

John Key ... as a third party, spends over $120,000 in the electoral period using the slogan “Bring down the Government”—which the Electoral Commission has already indicated would mean the Labour Government—that person would be in breach of the law; and maybe the person ...

Electoral Finance Bill—Legal Advice 5 Dec 2007

John Key ... understand it well enough to explain it to the Minister of Justice, Government departments cannot understand it, the Electoral Commission cannot understand it, and the Prime Minister thinks ordinary New Zealanders who want to try to understand it should ...

Electoral Finance Bill—Cabinet Processes 4 Dec 2007

John Key How is a piece of legislation that is so complicated that the Electoral Commission admits it will have to tell people with questions to seek their own legal advice, and that its chief executive fears ...

Speech from the Throne—Political Integrity of Parliament and Electoral Process 23 Aug 2006

Dr Don Brash ... ignored and dismissed the rulings of the Auditor-General, the Solicitor-General, the Chief Electoral Officer, and the Electoral Commission by unlawfully spending taxpayers’ money and knowingly breaching the election campaign spending cap in the Electoral Act?...

Prime Minister—Accountability 21 Feb 2006

Rt Hon HELEN CLARK ... the police—[ Interruption] There they go, Madam Speaker. I have seen reports that the police are investigating an Electoral Commission complaint against the National Party for spending $112,000 more on its election advertising than it was allowed to ...

Debate on Prime Minister’s Statement 14 Feb 2006

Dr DON BRASH ... of integrity at the core of this Labour-led Government. If that needed any confirmation, the announcement by the Electoral Commission just last week of Labour’s massive overspending and cynical willingness to use the public purse as an extension of the ...

Hon PETE HODGSON ... leader for the moment did the same thing when he made his remarks in the speech before mine. The fact is that the Electoral Commission has referred the matter of Labour’s election expenses to the police for investigation. Dr Brash may live to regret ...

PANSY WONG ... who stopped his partner while driving. Why can Helen Clark not now just save taxpayers’ money and front up to the Electoral Commission to say that the Labour Party made a mistake, and say it will pay back $440,000 of taxpayers’ money. That is what New ...

General Debate 7 Dec 2005

Hon PHIL GOFF ... abusers—but they are still at it. Members need only look at what they have done so far this week. Yesterday the Electoral Commission laid complaints with the police against the National Party, and the charges are serious charges surrounding electoral ...

Hon PAUL SWAIN ... a matter of time. One of the things that happened to the National Party this week was that it was taken off to the Electoral Commission by the police because of breaking election rules. The National Party said that it was just a simple mistake: “Was it ...