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Electoral law protest, 2008

Electoral law protest, 2008

The funding scandals during the 2005 election prompted the Labour-led government to pass the Electoral Finance Act 2007. Spending more than $12,000 criticising or supporting a political party or taking a position on a political matter was outlawed, as was spending more than $1,000 on criticising or supporting an individual member of Parliament. The act aroused as much controversy as the spending that caused it – a 2008 protest is shown here – and it was repealed in 2009.

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Bryce Edwards, 'Elections and campaigns - Electoral finance', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 July 2022)

Story by Bryce Edwards, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 Jul 2016