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Clark should name poll day after appointments


Clark should name poll day after rash of appointments

National Party State Services spokesman Gerry Brownlee has called on Helen Clark to tell New Zealanders the election date following an astonishing number of Labour Government appointments in just one month.

“The Government has made 96 appointments since 20 June (list attached). On top of that, Lianne Dalziel is preparing to make more tomorrow to a taskforce looking at capital markets.

“The Cabinet Manual says the standard practice is to refrain from making significant appointments less than three months from polling day.

“With Lianne Dalziel preparing to name more appointments tomorrow, Helen Clark now has to come out and say whether that rules out October 18 as the date given that it falls within the three-month period.

“Labour’s rampant appointment process in the past month indicates Helen Clark is looking at an election in November – either the 1st, 8th, or 15th.

“Perhaps Helen Clark could be polite enough to tell the country now which date she prefers.”

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