Media Statement, Dr Jamie Whyte, ACT Leader
John Banks Verdict
"I am surprised by the verdict in
the case against Mr Banks as the John Banks I know would
never knowingly file a false return. However, we must
accept the Court’s decision.
I agree with the Prime
Minister that this decision will not affect the ACT brand as
all matters concerned relate to the 2010 Auckland mayoral
election where John Banks stood as an Independent. He was
not a member of ACT at the time.
This court case has
been a huge distraction. Now ACT can campaign on the issues
of importance to the electorate: reform of government
spending, getting tough on crime and getting growth and job
creation by making taxes lower and flatter.
Seymour, ACT's candidate for Epsom, is already serving the
electorate full time.
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