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Problem Gambling Foundation called to account

Sandra Goudie MP
National Party Internal Affairs Spokeswoman

3 March 2008

Problem Gambling Foundation called to account

National's Internal Affairs spokeswoman, Sandra Goudie, is calling on Labour to disclose what happened to more than $400,000 paid to the Problem Gambling Foundation for staff it never hired.

"I have asked Associate Health Minister Damien O'Connor at least five times where this money has gone and have been brushed off every time.

"It is unacceptable that a body charged with teaching people to be more responsible with money is not accountable for $403,500 of taxpayers' money that appears to have vanished.

"If the foundation didn't need the five staff they were paid to hire, the money should have been returned.

"An audit of the Problem Gambling Foundation by the Ministry discovered this overpayment more than a year ago and all Damien O'Connor has to say is 'as the Ministry is still in talks with the Problem Gambling Foundation on this matter, I am not able to comment further until these discussions are completed.'

"The Ministry of Health paid the Problem Gambling Foundation $3.3 million in the 2005/06 year and every cent of that should be accountable."


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