Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Bunkle, Hobbs Could Face Police Investigation


Shadow Leader of the House Roger Sowry says the accommodation allowance scam involving Cabinet Ministers Phillida Bunkle and Marian Hobbs might yet see them end up facing a Police investigation.

Mr Sowry has today written to the Registrar of Electors for Wellington Central, requesting an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the two MPs registering themselves as voters in that electorate. "They did that at the exact same time as they were claiming accommodation allowances on the basis that they did not live in Wellington," Mr Sowry said today.

"What you have is MPs signing contradictory legal documents which avow that they both do and don't live in Wellington at the same time. They can't have it both ways, and no matter what way you look at it these MPs were lying on one or other of the legal documents they signed.

"If the Registrar of Electors for Wellington Central does find an irregularity then she is legally required, under Section 120 of the Electoral Act 1993 to refer the matter to the Police.

"Under Section 118 of the same act any person who wilfully makes a false application, certificate or declaration is liable to a fine not exceeding $2,000 or imprisonment for a period not exceeding 3 months.

"That isn't a far-fetched possibility when you consider that in recent years several Australian MPs have been sent to jail for abusing the system in order to obtain money they were not entitled to.

"These two Ministers behaviour makes them unfit to continue to hold Ministerial warrants," Roger Sowry said.

Ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Politics Of Scaring Voters Back Into Line

Fear has always been a useful mobilising tool in politics… yet in 2017, bogeymen of all shapes and sizes seem to have fallen on hard times. For years, the National party had painted itself as being the only reliable defensive bastion against the terrifying prospect of a centre-left government…

In fact, the polls suggest that the public seems to quite like the new government, its Prime Minister, and its proposed plan of action. Somehow, even though a Labour/Greens/NZ First government is in power, the sun is still rising and setting, on time. More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On Drinking Water As A Failure Of Political Leadership

It is almost possible to feel sorry for the Health Ministry in their terrible, no good, very bad week... More>>

ALSO:


Gordon Campbell: On Saying ‘Work For The Dole,’ Nicely

As New Zealand First learned the hard way from its two previous periods in government, small parties in MMP coalitions get blamed for the unpopular stuff done by their senior partner in power, but no one remembers the good stuff the junior player brought to the table... More>>

ALSO:

Seismic Blasting: Greenpeace Launches Legal Challenge Against Amazon Warrior

A legal challenge against the world’s largest seismic oil exploration ship was launched at a public rally on Parliament Lawn. More>>

ALSO:

Tertiary: 80,000 People Eligible For Fees Free

The Government has today made good on its 100-day promise of delivering the first year of fees-free post school training and education and industry training from 1 January next year, says Education Minister Chris Hipkins. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Presser: Rebuilding Cathedrals, Felling Trees

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern attended the press conference today with Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration Dr Megan Woods to announce urgent legislation this week for the rebuilding of the Christ Church Cathedral. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages