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Dunne concerning election spending reports

Thursday, 12 October 2006

Statement from United Future Leader, Peter Dunne,
concerning election spending reports

The Auditor-General's findings in respect of United Future's pre-election spending come as a considerable shock.

With the exception of the items I identified yesterday which amounted to approximately $5,000, all our expenditure was vetted by the Parliamentary Service and amended as required, prior to being carried out.

We have acted in good faith throughout, a point acknowledged by the Auditor-General when I met him on 5 October.

We agree with Madam Speaker's comment that parties thought they were acting lawfully and that there was no evidence that parties deliberately failed to comply.

We will now consider the implications of both reports thoroughly and will report our views to Madam Speaker as directed and within the time frame stated.

ENDS

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