Broadcasting (Electoral Allocations) Amendment Bill

Project discussion: Amend election broadcasting allocations

Broadcasting (Electoral Allocations) Amendment Bill

Member's Bill

Explanatory note

This bill amends the Broadcasting Act 1989 to adjust the criteria in relation to allocation of time and money to political parties for Parliamentary election programmes.

The need to provide a fair opportunity for each political party to convey its policies to the public by the broadcasting of election programmes on television is of paramount importance in a democracy, and the current allocation criteria are manifestly in conflict with that principle, instead being overwhelming biased in favour of the current dominant parties.

This bill amends section 75 of the Broadcasting Act.

Broadcasting (Electoral Allocations) Amendment Bill

The Parliament of New Zealand enacts as follows:

1. Title
This Act is the Broadcasting (Electoral Allocations) Amendment Act 2009.

2. Commencement
This Act comes into force on the day after the date on which it receives the Royal assent.

3. Principal Act amended
This Act amends the Broadcasting Act 1989.

4. Section 75 amended
The existing subsection 2 is omitted, and replaced by the following:

(2) The Electoral Commission shall, in allocating time to a political party under section 73 of this Act or in making under section 74A of this Act an allocation of money to a political party, have regard only to—
(a) The number of constituency candidates standing for the political party in the election; and
(b) Any relationships that exist between a political party and any other political party.

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