October 01, 2019
Rule break ads petty and unfunny
New Zealand First MP Shane Jones says National is shooting low in its use of parliamentary footage in attack ads.
Northcote MP Dan Bidois says it's holding the Government to account and Speaker Trevor Mallard's attempt to stop the practice is an attack on free speech.
But Mr Jones says they're splicing and dicing MPs speech to take them out of context, and then spreading the ads on social media.
"They are deliberately misrepresenting MPs speeches from Labour and the Government in the hope the public will join them in their attempt to stigmatise various speakers in parliament on the government. I think it's petty, I don't find it entertaining, and I support what Mr Mallard said, that if we've got a rule in parliament we should abide by it," he says.
Mr Jones says the rules for use of parliamentary footage were set by National when it was in Government.
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