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masked_marsoe VIP Member

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#1 12 years ago

In the New Zealand election system, political parties are allocated caps on how much they can spend. These caps are quite severe, but it offers all parties a larger chance at getting broadcast time. It also stops one side inundating the media and public with propaganda.

In the 2005 election, the National Party (the large, right-wing, conservative party) was allocated a cap of NZ$900,000 for advertising.

Though they spent slightly under the $900,000 limit, they forgot to add one thing.

They forgot to include Goods and Services Tax (which must be payed on all purchases). The value of the GST would have pushed their spending to c.$1.1million.

And here's the catch:

  • If they pay back the broadcasters, then they admit to overspending, and break the law.
  • If they don't, then the party of "social responsibility" leaves public and private companies out of pocket.
  • Or, they could try to change the law to give them an exemption.

What should they do?




Tas

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#2 12 years ago

Tell the people they made an honest mistake? :P




IR15H

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#3 12 years ago

They should pay the money back, surely it'd also be illegal not to pay someone for an agreed service? If they made the balls up then they have to accept the consequences.




masked_marsoe VIP Member

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#4 12 years ago

I should add that they based themselves on economic literacy and smart spending of taxpayer money.

Obviously, this is neither of those.




Fire Legion

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#5 12 years ago

Try and change the law and escape the system. I don't think that morally they should, but if I were them I would.




Chris

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#6 12 years ago

Pay it back. They made a mistake, too bad for them! ¬_¬




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#7 12 years ago

Pay it back and apologize for their mistake, that's the only way to do it properly.




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#8 12 years ago

masked_marsoeIn the New Zealand election system, political parties are allocated caps on how much they can spend. These caps are quite severe, but it offers all parties a larger chance at getting broadcast time. It also stops one side inundating the media and public with propaganda.

In the 2005 election, the National Party (the large, right-wing, conservative party) was allocated a cap of NZ$900,000 for advertising.

Though they spent slightly under the $900,000 limit, they forgot to add one thing.

They forgot to include Goods and Services Tax (which must be payed on all purchases). The value of the GST would have pushed their spending to c.$1.1million.

And here's the catch:

  • If they pay back the broadcasters, then they admit to overspending, and break the law.
  • If they don't, then the party of "social responsibility" leaves public and private companies out of pocket.
  • Or, they could try to change the law to give them an exemption.
What should they do?

Simple, admit they made a mistake and pay anything above $900,000 out of their own pocket so it doesn't cost the goverment a single additional sent more then $900,000. :)