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Clark's leader's fund paid for red pledge card

Clark's leader's fund paid for red pledge card

Stephen Franks
Monday, 5 September 2005
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ACT Justice spokesman Stephen Franks has written to the Auditor General seeking an investigation of the use of parliamentary funds for Labour's red election pledge card.

The card bears the parliamentary crest. The crest is supposed to be used only on parliamentary material, not political election propaganda.

"If Labour has paid for this card, despite the use of the crest, it would be a minor matter. But at the Brooklyn community election meeting last night, Marion Hobbs defended her party's use of taxpayer's funds.

"She told me and the meeting that it was paid for from Helen Clark's leader's fund and that was alright because the parliamentary leader's fund was meant for that sort of thing. She compared it to an MP's electorate office.

"The leader's fund is subject to the rules against election propaganda.

"Is this yet another rule that Helen Clark has decided does not apply to her," Mr Franks said.


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