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How to apply the Bill of Rights

Friday, July 27th, 2012

The Broadcasting Standards Authority (in the wake of several High Court decisions, and perhaps aware of some of the criticisms I made with Claudia Geiringer) commissioned me to provide some advice on how the Bill of Rights applies to them and how they can practically integrate it into their decision-making. They have posted my paper […]

Chief Electoral Officer: VFC claims are “factually incorrect, and misleading”

Friday, November 18th, 2011

I see I’m not alone in my concern that the anti-MMP group Vote For Change’s campaign is misleading when it emphasises that the alternative voting systems “could work with 99 MPs”.
Robert Peden, the Chief Electoral Office, has seen the need to put out a press release about it:
“The Vote for Change organisation is free to […]

VFC press release even more misleading than their ad

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

My complaint
As I’ve mentioned, I complained to the Advertising Standards Authority against anti-MMP group Vote for Change’s advertising. I thought it was misleading.
VFC changes its advertising 
Also, as I’ve mentioned, VFC fairly quickly changed its advertisting to address some of its misleading statements. In particular, it added an arrow on its diagram to demonstrate that voters […]

Vote for Change Changes Pamphlet

Monday, November 14th, 2011

I complained to the Advertising Standards Authority last week about Vote For Change’s pamphlet advocating SM. I thought it was badly misleading in several respects. Graeme Edgeler explains one problem with it here (where he also has a copy of the one side of the original pamphlet).
Another was that it tried to cash in on voters’ […]

In Jesus’ name, amen

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

Someone complained to the Advertising Standards Authority that a Christmas ad from Bond and Bond was offensive to Christians. The ad said:
CELEBRATE THE BIRTH OF JESUS WITH SOME NEW GEAR, IT’S WHAT HE’D WANT
Offensive to Christians? Well… maybe some. But it’s mostly spoofing the brazen commercialisation of Christmas, including by Bond and Bond. Damn my […]

Right!

Monday, November 24th, 2008

And here’s a political ad complaint I think the Advertising Standards Complaint Board got right. Again, it’s against ACT. This time, it’s against ACT’s claim that:
“Safe” New Zealand is now almost three times more violent than the US
As usual, the ASCB invited ACT to substantiate its claim. It seems from the decision that ACT, despite […]

Wrong again

Monday, November 24th, 2008

I think the Advertising Standards Complaints Board has screwed up again, this time upholding a complaint about ACT’s political advertising. Norightturn made this point first.
The ads claimed that ACT was the only party opposed to the Emissions Trading Scheme. The Family Party complained that this was incorrect: it was opposed to the ETS, too.
A majority […]

Wrong

Friday, November 7th, 2008

The Advertising Standards Complaints Appeal Board has upheld the decision against Labour’s YouTube ad - the one that criticised National’s plan to cut Kiwisaver in half. (The appeal board’s decision is below the complaints board’s one, so you’ll have to scroll down).
How bad is the decision? Let me count the ways.
First, it decided that the […]

Labour’s YouTube Boob 2

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

I mentioned the Electoral Commission v Cameron case in the post below. The Court of Appeal granted judicial review against an Advertising Standards Authority decision upholding a complaint against the Electoral Commission.
One of the grounds of that decision was that the ASA shouldn’t have used its own complaints jurisdiction to trespass on the Electoral Commission’s […]

Labour’s YouTube Boob

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Did John Key say National would cut KiwiSaver in half? That’s what Labour said in their “John and John” ad. The ad was broadcast on TV and posted on YouTube.
One S Davies-Colley thought was misleading, and complained about it.
Under NZ’s increasingly creaky media law edifice, complaints about TV and radio election ads go to the Broadcasting Standards Authority. But […]

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