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Electoral Finance Bill protest, Auckland, 2007

Electoral Finance Bill protest, Auckland, 2007

Around 5,000 people protested against the Electoral Finance Bill in Queen Street, Auckland, in December 2007. The bill aimed to restrict the amount of money political parties and 'third parties' (interest groups) could spend on advertising during an election. It also aimed to regulate the manner in which donations were made to election campaigns, in order to prevent large anonymous donations. Opponents of the bill saw it as an attack on the right of free speech. Protests against the bill illustrate civil and democratic rights to freedom of thought, conscience, expression and peaceful assembly.

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Paul Rishworth, 'Human rights - Legal protection for human rights', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 May 2022)

Story by Paul Rishworth, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 28 Jun 2016