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AG Reports: Speaker Clarifies, Recommends Reimbursement - Labour to pay money back, put validating legislation
Whangamata Marina: Carter Lets Benson-Pope Make The Final Call
Legislation: Beginner's Luck For Maori Party As Foreshore and Seabed Repeal Bill Drawn



AG Reports: Speaker Clarifies, Recommends Reimbursement

Breaking News: Labour Has Stated It Intends To Repay Spending [1] - Govt Proposes Validating Legisation [2]

Speaker Margaret Wilson: [3] Briefly, the Auditor-General found breaches in the allocation to seven of the eight parliamentary parties. His finding was based on an interpretation of what activities fell within the definition of “parliamentary purposes”. A legal opinion from Crown Law, which found that a “parliamentary purpose” is negated if one of the purposes of the communication is to invite support for party policies, supported his interpretation. This interpretation was not conveyed to the parties before the 2005 election. See... Speaker responds to Auditor-General [4]

  • Controller and Auditor-General - Report Summary: Advertising expenditure in 2005 Election [5]
  • Controller and Auditor-General - Report (PDF) [6] , Appendix: Advice of the Solicitor-General (PDF, 1.1 MB) [7]
  • MORE:
  • Labour - Labour to refund funding [8]
  • NZ Govt - Validating legislation on election spending issue [9]
  • NZ Govt - National left owing for election rort [10]
  • National - Clark 'guilty as charged' on election spending [11]
  • United Future - Dunne concerning election spending reports [12]
  • NZ First - NZ First Will Pay When Convinced [13]
  • Public Service Association - Politicians must respect A-G's independence [14]

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  • Questions For Oral Answer - Thursday, 12 October 2006 [1]

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    Whangamata Marina: Carter Lets Benson-Pope Make The Final Call

    Conservation Minister Chris Carter has decided not to appeal a High Court ruling overturning his decision to refuse an application for a marina in Whangamata Harbour. He has also decided to delegate the next decision on the marina application to Environment Minister David Benson-Pope. See... Carter delegates decision on Whangamata marina [1]

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    Legislation: Beginner's Luck For Maori Party As Foreshore and Seabed Repeal Bill Drawn

    The Maori Party today was celebrating a decade of excellence through the leadership of Tariana Turia, consummate Maori politician. Tariana Turia was elected into an MMP Parliament on 12 October 1996. "I am so proud to be associated with Tariana Turia" said Dr Pita Sharples, co-leader of the Maori Party. "Her ten years in Parliament represents a vast contribution to her people in so many areas". See... Repeal of the Foreshore and Seabed [1]

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  • Scoop Full Coverage - Labour Announces $11.5b Surplus [1]
  • NZ Govt - Report reinforces value of putting students first [2]
  • National - Labour defeated over late building consents [3]
  • National - National supports hard line on parents of truants [4]
  • National - Explain variance in problem gambling funds [5]
  • Greens - Greens oppose tolling on State Highway 20 [6]
  • Manukau City Council - Lack of support on street prostitution bill [7]

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