Has United Future paid the money back?

January 26th, 2009 at 1:49 pm by David Farrar

NZ First never paid back the $140,000 + GST it owed the taxpayer.  We know this.

But a reader has reminded me that also still owed some money. In the 2006/07 year they paid back only $31,000 o fthe $64,000 they owed (morally) the Parliamentary Service.

As far as I can tell from their annual report, no repayments were made in 2007/08 but there is a $3,000 other revenue line which might be a repayment.

So how much of the debt has been paid, and when will it be paid in full?

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18 Responses to “Has United Future paid the money back?”

  1. big bruv (13,904 comments) says:

    …and will anybody bother to ask Dunne this question?

    I hope we all remember this the next time Dunne makes one of his smug arrogant speeches about behaviour in the house, it is all well and good for this prick to demand higher standards of our politicians when he has yet to return the money he stole from us.

    As an ex resident of his electorate I do have to wonder how on earth the people of Ohariu managed to vote for this prize wanker.

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  2. Chuck Bird (4,889 comments) says:

    “when will it be paid in full?

    NEVER

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  3. freethinker (691 comments) says:

    Simple solution Mr Key – Tell snakeoil his ministrerial salary depends upon repayment in full immediately or by deduction from his salary at $5000 per month plus interest at the IRD rate – this will illuminate Dunnes integrity and set the stage for the same thing to be applied to Winstons parliamentary pension although in his case the interest should be on the whole amount and backdated.

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  4. Rex Widerstrom (5,354 comments) says:

    $3,000 “other revenue” would surely be income, not expenditure?

    Since the pompadoured pretender is Minister of Revenue I presume he knows the difference. So the answer to your question, DPF, is no.

    As for the solution – freethinker’s idea is both brilliant and just. Let him suffer the same usurious behaviour the rest of us encounter if we owe his department a cent.

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  5. big bruv (13,904 comments) says:

    Key will not do a thing about this unless it becomes a major issue and the only way we will ever see this become a big issue (and get our money back) is if the media do their job and hound Dunne at every opportunity.

    There may be hope though, a left wing jounro looking for ways to drive a wedge into the government could really push this story until it becomes an embarrassment for Key.

    For once I hope Fran Mold does her bloody job!

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  6. Manolo (13,780 comments) says:

    The meretricious Dunne will delay until the last minute to pay the money. The same unprincipled politician who is our Minister of Revenue.

    I was about to write shame on you Dunne, what does the bastard Peter Dunne know about shame?

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  7. greenfly (1,059 comments) says:

    Are we ok with a Government that has a minister who hasn’t ‘paid it back’ now? It’s so hard to keep track of who we are loathing! Should we harp on about this ad nauseum, as we did in the previous term, or are we mature now that the right party is in power?

    [DPF: You may practice moral relativism but I have bkogged for United Future to pay the rest of the money back both when they were supporting a Labour-led Govt and a National-led Govt.]

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  8. burt (8,272 comments) says:

    greenfly

    It’s not OK simply because the windsock has turned to the right to retain power. This same windsock voted for retrospective validation under the last term of govt when he was all cosy with the most self serving govt NZ has ever had to endure.

    He must pay it back !

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  9. greenfly (1,059 comments) says:

    burt I fully agree – it’s not ok! Does this mean though, in accordance with precedent, that this government is corrupt because one of its ministers hasn’t ‘paid it back’? Seemed to work that way last time. I’m no fan of Dunne, nor any government he sides with.

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  10. Ratbiter (1,265 comments) says:

    Greenfly – You forget that “Corrupt” is a swear word that we lambaste lefty politicians with, rather than a word with actual meaning of its own. Hence when one of Helen Clark’s men refuses to repay the money he owes the taxpayer, it’s screaming bloody corruption and it’s bloody criminal, and it’s the most disgraceful thing since… Chavez, or whatever.

    But “Corrupt” is hardly a word you could use when one of the National PM’s men refuses to repay the money he owes the taxpayer. You have to see that. It’s HARDLY the same thing. Even though…. um… it’s exactly the same thing!

    Have you learned nothing from your time here?

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  11. greenfly (1,059 comments) says:

    I’m very confused Ratbiter! Surely association with a scurrilous individual taints those who associate? Or can it be that National is the ‘teflon’ party? What to think, what to think??

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  12. Banana Llama (1,043 comments) says:

    What to think, what to think??

    The french Anarchists had a pretty good idea back in the day …. the Spanish too …

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  13. burt (8,272 comments) says:

    greenfly

    Is Dunne making the govt corrupt? Interesting question. Apart from Dunne is there anybody else in the govt who voted to legitimise theft of tax payers money after the 2005 election?

    IE: Is the govt corrupt or has it got one person in it who has acted corruptly in a severe self serving manner while part of the self serving corrupt Labour-leg govt?

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  14. greenfly (1,059 comments) says:

    I suppose burt, if you harbour an unsavory character, you’ll be tainted, especially if he benefits financially from the association. Even worse would be a situation where that person was able to wield power over a captive group, like the taxpayers of New Zealand, for example. If that were the case then yes, that would smell strongly to me.

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  15. pdm (844 comments) says:

    greenfly and ratbiter perhaps I cn put it more simply. The Labour led government that was thrown out in November was full of corruption and deceit.

    While it is early days of the National led government to date the only tainted member is Dunne. I am optimistic that is the way it will stay and Dunne could clear his name by repaying the balance owing.

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  16. burt (8,272 comments) says:

    pdm

    Dunne could clear his name by repaying the money including late payment penalties and interest as per calculations that his minister of revenue portfolio would have imposed on any other person who owed the govt tax money.

    Only then could he hold his head up high knowing that he hasn’t received any special treatment because of his position.

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  17. mobiles (1 comment) says:

    I don’t expect them to pay it back either, probably guessing that people have a short memories + time = no pay back

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  18. GJ (329 comments) says:

    It simply won’t happen as currently there is only one pocket the monies can come out of and that’s Dunne’s! So don’t hold your breath.

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