Our democracy depends on voters being able to present and receive correct information about politics. The State should protect that. The State should also protect people when they work together for the common good. Government should facilitate the participation of community and voluntary organisations in political life, including when they fundraise and including when they lobby politicians.
While ICCL welcomes the government initiative to regulate online political advertising, we caution against defining the political so broadly that it impinges on the ability of people who are organised together to advocate for social change. Our democracy depends on voters being able to speak to politicians openly even (in fact especially) when they are organised and working in association.
Read our submission to the government’s Public Consultation on the Regulation of Online Political Advertising here: