UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne says he
accepts the Speaker’s ruling regarding UnitedFuture’s
Parliamentary funding and recognition being withdrawn while
the Party’s registration is still under consideration by
the Electoral Commission.
“I think the Speaker had no
credible alternative, given the intransigent attitude of the
Electoral Commission to UnitedFuture’s
has been re-registered in the next few weeks, I will look
forward to discussing the matter once more with the
[Scoop update: the following video was uploaded to Peter Dunne's YouTube account:]
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