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Payback Continues Says Peters

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1 April 2008

Payback Continues Says Peters

New Zealand First has begun disbursing to a number of charities from the $158,000 the auditor-general claimed the party spent illegally at the last election.

Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters said he would provide a list of charities which received donations to Parliament’s Speaker when the money had all been disbursed.

Mr Peters said he was not surprised at the continued carping of the New Zealand Herald and some other media over the issue.

“Where were these people when National failed to pay its GST at the last election - a crime - then donated the money to charity? We never hear anything about that.”

Mr Peters said he would not respond to the goading of the media unlovelies and would concentrate this year on further improving the lot of ordinary New Zealanders.

“It is a well-known fact that newspapers are no longer fit for wrapping fish and chips and it is along time since New Zealand television and radio produced a truly memorable programme.

“Perhaps it is time to review the rules governing overseas ownership of the New Zealand media,” said Mr Peters.


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