Speakers Office investigating complaint against anti-MMP Group
As I pointed out last week...
You would imagine after having one of their founding members outed as a white supremacist that the anti-MMP 'Vote for Change' group would go out of their way to stay within the rules.
'Vote For change' launched this week an online smear attack on politicians denigrating them for their anti-MMP campaign
Now I'm in favour of attacking politicians and denigrating them, I call that a normal day at the office, but you are not allowed to use the official footage in this manner.
I've written to the speaker and advise any other member of Parliament to complain in writing as well at the manner in which 'Vote for Change' are in contempt of Parliament by contravening the standing orders that dictate the use of Parliament TV footage.
The rules regarding use of Parliamentary images is very clear, and are also in the Broadcasting Act...
PART B: CONDITIONS FOR USE OF OFFICIAL TELEVISION
1) Official television coverage of the House is made available on the following conditions:
Any broadcast or rebroadcast of coverage must comply with the Broadcasting Standards Authority rules.
Coverage of proceedings must not be used in any medium for—
(a) political advertising or election campaigning (except with
the permission of all members shown):
(b) satire, ridicule, or denigration:
(c) commercial sponsorship or commercial advertising.
3. Reports that use extracts of coverage of proceedings and purport to be summaries must be fair and accurate.
(2) Breach of these conditions may result in a loss of access to official television coverage, and may be treated as a contempt and proceeded against accordingly.
...this use of the official Parliamentary footage to denigrate for a political campaign is a clear no no and backed up in the Broadcasting Act.
Now seeing as 'Vote for change' have simply become a glorified give away site masquerading as a political debate, and seeing as 'Vote for Change' were so kind to thank me for outing their white supremacist founding member, as a thank you for pointing out your latest infringement, I would like an ipad2, $200 worth of itune vouchers and someone fronting on Citizen A to explain why an electoral system that favours the elites of society is preferable to MMP.
...Speaker's office has contacted me and are investigating this issue now. It looks like other politicians have also complained.
What's the jail time for contempt of Parliament?