Labour got the Electoral Finance Act wrong from the start by trampling all over the convention that such measures should have multi-party support.
National is getting the first steps right in the process which will provide a democratic and enduring replacement by involving all parties in consultation and providing opportunities for public submissions.
Inventory 2 notes John Key is keeping a promise made in his contribution to the third reading debate in December 2007.
(He also notes he started his blog Keeping Stock in response to the bill and I’m pleased that while the EFA is going his blogging will continue).
Posts on Kiwiblog contributed some of the most intelligent opposition to the EFA. I agree with comments on this post which give due thanks to David Farrar and Whaleoil for the part they played in opposing the Act.
It was an attack on democracy and among its many faults was the way it made it stifled expression not just during the election campaign but for almost all of election year because of the confusion over what was and was not covered by it.