A good law change

NSW is moving in the right direction, something that we need to look at here in New Zealand.

SPENDING by unions during an election campaign will be significantly curtailed and they will be banned from paying millions of dollars in affiliation fees to the NSW Labor Party under a proposed shake-up of election funding laws in NSW.

A bill introduced to Parliament yesterday by the Premier, Barry O’Farrell, also bans political donations from corporations and other groups by allowing them only by individuals on the electoral roll.

But so-called ”third party” groups without a direct political affiliation, such as business groups and Unions NSW, may still spend up to $1.05 million during an election campaign.

We desperately need this here. The law should be changed to only allow natural persons to belong to political parties. I’d also agree to only allowing donations from natural persons as well.