We cannot trust political parties to fund reformist parties
The New Zealand Taxpayers Union warns the government against the financing of political parties by taxpayers, which will be examined in a new revision of the electoral law.
spokesperson Louis Houlbrooke presents four reasons for opposing the financing of political parties by taxpayers:
Morally wrong: “Taxpayers should not be forced to fund political parties they find objectionable. We expect our money to be spent on services, not party political propaganda. “
Kris Faafoi says he will contact political parties to get ideas on this review. But elected political parties – the same ones that will vote on this reform – have a vested interest in consolidating their place in parliament and maximizing their income. Of course. , politicians on the left and the right will jump at the chance to get taxpayer money, but that doesn’t make it a good idea.
Take away the power: “Elected political parties already have a huge advantage over foreign politicians thanks to their parliamentary funding. Donating money to the private wings of these parties will only further disadvantage outside voices during elections. “
erodes popular democracy: “If political parties get taxpayer money, they will be less dependent on membership dues and cake fundraising, thereby reducing the incentive to act on their members’ values. It is a disaster for democracy. Guaranteed taxpayer funding for political parties will result in a less accountable and Wellington-centric political environment. “
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