Size of unlawful election spending in NZ $100 million

, posted: 25-Oct-2006 11:56

The Herald reports that the government has been advised that just about all election spending since 2000 has been unlawful. Why? Seems the Parliamentary Service made a "momentous blunder" and didn't get the Speaker of the Parliament's written authorisation for parliamentary party spending.

If the spending's not authorised, it's unlawful. Also, it's a bit more money this time: $100 million as opposed to the $1 million involved in the pledge card kerfuffle.

The story isn't clear if it's just Labour or if there are other guilty parties (ha!) involved but either way, they have nothing to worry about because:

... because the retrospective legislation rushed through Parliament last week covers the Parliamentary Service's spending back to 1989, all unlawful expenditure, including any newly identified breaches, has been validated.

Not really a good look, that...

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