Court Action over EFB

Court action over Electoral Finance Bill – Newstalk ZB

A court challenge is being made against the Electoral Finance Bill.

Papers have been filed at the High Court in Wellington today, against Attorney General Michael Cullen seeking a judicial review of the legislation.

The action is being taken by Auckland man and ACT Party member John Boscawen. He is joined by Greypower, the Sensible Sentencing Trust and ACT Party leader Rodney Hide. Mr Boscawen says they believe the Attorney General was wrong in not indicating to Parliament that the legislation was inconsistent with the Bill of Rights Act.

The Government has relied on a Crown Law opinion which says the legislation is consistent, but this has been challenged by the Human Rights Commission and Law Society.

The Free Speech Coalition formed by David, Bernard and myself has donated $10,000.00 to this legal action. Thank you for your contributions, this is the first of many steps your kind donations have enabled us to bring to fruition.

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