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Brash's baffling bid for moral high ground

4 September 2006

Brash's baffling bid for moral high ground

Don Brash should be careful when bringing morality into the debate on election spending, Labour strategist Pete Hodgson said today.

"Don Brash has been busy spinning himself into knots over election spending," Pete Hodgson said. "Today he's taken the bizarre step of claiming the moral high ground in the debate.

"This is despite the fact that his party broke the law and blew their TV advertising budget by $100,000 and are refusing to pay broadcasters the money unless all other parties pass retrospective legislation to make it legal.

"It's despite the fact that his own party accepted over $1 million in help from the Exclusive Brethren and then lied about it to the country.

"It's despite the fact that National is funnelling anonymous donations through trusts to allow their rich backers to finance their campaign in secrecy.

"It's despite the fact that National is expected to pledge to privatise ACC in return for donations from the insurance industry.

"Labour is not the only party waiting to see the Auditor General's final report – and National should be worried about how their own use of Parliamentary Services funding will be judged.

"Don Brash needs to be careful about even mentioning the moral high ground, let alone trying to claim it."


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