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


Dunne: Statement On Auditor-General

Wednesday, 11 October 2006

Statement from the Leader of United Future, Peter Dunne

In recent weeks I have been publicly critical on a couple of occasions of the way in which the Auditor-General and the Solicitor-General have conducted the inquiry into election spending.

In doing so, I have fallen into the trap of allowing my strong personal views that their inquiries have been characterised by naiveté and a lack of natural justice to cloud my public judgment and reaction. I now regret that very much.

The Auditor-General is a key watchdog and safeguard of the public interest, and the Solicitor-General is the principal legal officer of the Crown. Those holding those offices for the time being are entitled to public respect, whatever one's view of their individual actions in particular cases.

We have had too much political character assassination and downright bitterness and nastiness in recent weeks, and New Zealanders are rightly repulsed by what they have seen and heard. This is a time for mature political leadership that seeks to bring our country together once more, and focus afresh on the issues that are important to us all, rather than carry on with the sullen name-calling that has passed for political debate of late.

As a step towards a fresh direction, United Future has independently re-examined its own use of Parliamentary funds prior to the last election. We have identified a sum of $4965.30 where we consider we breached the rules, and will repay that, regardless of any decision the Auditor-General might come to. If at the end of the current process, we are directed to repay any other sums, we will seek to do so.

A healthy democracy thrives on vibrant and diverse political parties debating the issues of the day. The focus from now must be on returning to that position, rather than carrying on with the litany of bitterness that we have seen too much of this year.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>


Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>


Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news