The Electoral Finance Bill by example

Our sedition laws are gone. Yay.

But meanwhile Labour is trying to pass the Electoral Finance Bill, which represents the biggest attck on free speech in New Zealand history. prior to the bill being passed, the blogger idiot/savant at No Right Turn constructed a sedition by example index detailing all the abuses of sedition laws in New Zealand history. I decided to see if the people prosecuted for Sedition could also have been prosecuted under the Electoral Finance Bill if it was law at the time, and it was an election year, and the person who committed the crime of sedition failed to register as a third party or make a statutory declaration to spend under $500. The results are:
II: Peter Fraser (1918), No, because he only spoke and did not publish anything.
III: Bishop James Liston (1922): No, same reason as above.
IV: Charles Davis (1865): Yes, he printed and distributed political pamphlets.
V: Rua Kenua (1916): Yes, not for the speech, but his flag (which was used as evidence) could be counted as a election advertisement.
VI: Hatty Weitzal (1921): Possibly, section 5(2)c exempts newspapers, but so long as the newspaper material is solely to entertain readers.
VII: Harry Holland (1913): No, same as II.
VIII: The Green Ray (1918): Possibly, see VI above.
IX: The NZ Celt (1868): No, the newspaper was merely reporting on other events
X: Tim Selwyn (2004): Yes, the pamphlet counts as an election advertisement.
XII: Walter Nash (1921): No, he had not distributed the pamphlets.
XIII: Robert Semple (1916): No, see II above.
XIV: Christchurch Sedcond Division League (19170: No, were comunicating to internal members.
XV: Edward Hunter (1913): No, see II above.
XVI: Te Whiti and Tohu (1881): No, see II above.
XVII: OF Nelson: No, didn’t print or distribute anthing.
XVIII: Maoriland Irish Society (1918): Yes, the advertisement is clearly an election one.
XIX: Tim Armstrong (1916): No, see II above.
XX: Thompson (1927): Possibly, see VI above.
XXI: Reverend James Chapple (1918): No, see II above.
XXII: Christopher Russell (2006): interesting, can an e-mail count as electioneering? It appears yes. This is incredibly scary, if you mention a political issue in an e-mail to a friend next year, without registering (or making a statutory declaration), you will be breaking the law.
XXIII: Sidney Fournier (1917): No, see II above.
XXIV: Father John Roche (no date, WWI): No, see II above.
XXV: Paddy Webb (1917): No, see XIV above.
Even in the silly “petrol-soaked coach” pamphlet which didn’t become too funny once the police laid sedition charges, could be prosecuted under the Electoral Finance Bill.

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