Local Government Minister David Carter says the law change is a direct result of the John Banks controversy, which highlighted failings in the current law."(The law) had not been reviewed since 2002.Spot the National Party minister taking the piss? Twice!
The John Banks controversy did not highlight failings in the current law. Thousands of candidates managed to comply with the law. What the controversy highlighted was the failings of John Banks. Well, some of them.
The fact that the law has not been reviewed since 2002 is irrelevant. What Mr Banks did was wrong before 2002, it was also wrong between 2002 and 2012 and it will be wrong after the law is updated in an attempt to prevent Mr Banks repeating his moral gymnastics.
Nirvana - Nevermind, 1991