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Labour electioneering at taxpayers' expense

Labour electioneering at taxpayers' expense

Ken Shirley
Wednesday, 8 June 2005
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"I am alarmed at the Labour Party's blatant use of taxpayers' money to carry out electioneering," says ACT MP Ken Shirley.

"Bus shelter billboards are springing up around the country displaying the simple message: 'You're Better Off With Labour'.

"These billboards carry the Labour Party logo together with the Parliamentary crest.

"There are rules on what the Parliamentary crest can be used for. Parliament's Speaker Margaret Wilson is responsible for upholding Parliament's rules.

"I have therefore written to the Speaker enquiring whether taxpayers' money has been used to fund these Labour Party bus shelter billboards.

"I also note from previous Parliamentary questions that the Labour Government has budgeted $15 million of taxpayers money through the Department of Social Welfare and Development to promote the contentious Working for Families package. Included in this promotional budget is advertising on 133 bus shelters around the country at a cost of $90,000.

"If this departmental money is being used to fund the Labour Party's electioneering billboards then the taxpayer should be equally alarmed," Mr Shirley said.


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