Human rights agency's outcry gains it new respect on Right

Human rights agency's outcry gains it new respect on RightIn the campaign against the Electoral Finance Bill, the Human Rights Commission has gained respectability on the Right for the strength of its submission against the bill.
The commission described it as a "dramatic assault" on…
[NZ Politics]

The Human Right Commission has stood firm in its condemnation of the Electoral Finance Bill and for that it must be commended.

[quote]"Section 14 of the Bill of Rights states that 'everyone has the right to freedom of expression, including the freedom to seek, receive and impart information and opinions of any kind in any form'. As the [Electoral Finance Bill] seeks to limit election advertising and electoral activity it clearly infringes section 14.

"The Bill of Rights Act permits a right to be limited in certain circumstances. The test … involves considering whether the limit of restriction pursues a sufficiently important goal to warrant overriding the right and then whether the means chosen to achieve this is proportional.

" … an informed electorate is in the public interest and the inroads on freedom of expression which will result from the bill are disproportionate and, in the commission's opinion, do not amount to a reasonable justification under section 5 of the Bill of Rights Act."[/quote]