Complaint to Auditor-General re Anderton

September 25th, 2009 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

No Minister has a copy of a letter to the Auditor-General asking them to investigate the extra funding gets (both personally and for expenses) by purporting to be the leader of a political party.

Sadly it will not be successful. Standing Order 34(1) is clear:

Every party in whose interest a member was elected at the preceding general election or at any subsequent by-election is entitled to be recognised as a party for parliamentary purposes.

So under the rules of Parliament, Anderton is entitled to still be seen as a Progressive MP (and Leader) even though he has announced they will not stand a party list in 2011, and has endorsed Labour and encouraged all his members to join Labour.

But as with Bill English and his housing situation, it is not just about the “entitlement”, it is about the perception and Anderton fails on the perception front. He gets an extra $13,500 a year salary and no doubt an extra $2,700 a year superannuation. And his office gets an extra $100,000 a year budget. Total extra cost to the taxpayer over three years is $348,600.

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22 Responses to “Complaint to Auditor-General re Anderton”

  1. nickb (3,696 comments) says:

    Hypocrisy of the highest order for one who puports to represent the peasants.

    Peter Dunne is not much better.

    [DPF: While United Future is a one MP Party they have not effectively wound up by endorsing another party and announcing they will not contest the party vote.]

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  2. Rodney (12 comments) says:

    His party created kiwibank.

    A Progressive Party effort it was.

    And what a brilliant effort compared to the useless twats who too often inhabit parliament.

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  3. Robert Winter (100 comments) says:

    Well written, Rodney. I note Mr Farrer’s (and others) attempts to divert attention from Mr English, but, in his case, the hooks are well and truly set. I doubt if the country is remotely interested in the fate of the Progressives as a party. They are, however, firmly engaged with Mr English’s affairs, if only because he’s stirred up the media against him.

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  4. nickb (3,696 comments) says:

    yawn….

    More apologists for champagne socialist trough snufflers.

    Move along..

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  5. Robert Winter (100 comments) says:

    And the AG is now moving on the English case……..more reason for champagne perhaps? But not for me – I would prefer to see a wounded Mr English in position than a strong Mr Joyce.

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  6. mickysavage (778 comments) says:

    THe Auditor General has however decided to investigate Blinglish according to the Standard.

    The link is at http://www.thestandard.org.nz/auditor-general-to-enquire-re-english/

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  7. burt (7,436 comments) says:

    As much as I would like to see English held to account if he has rorted the system I fear the Labour party set a precedent that the interpretation by the AG is not worth the paper it is written on when it is inconvenient for the govt to be bound by it.

    The lovers of corruption will get behind National if National decide they know the rules better than the AG.

    It will be good to get it cleared up though, lets hope National set a higher standard of accountability than Labour did. Would be shame to see English stand in the dock over this, but that would be more palatable than having national validate his actions because it is expedient to do so.

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  8. nickb (3,696 comments) says:

    Exactly burt.

    Micky and Robert, your position is one of huge irony seeing the contempt Labour had for the A-G.

    Are you going to start listening to its reports now they are against your political enemies?

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  9. Brian Smaller (3,966 comments) says:

    nickB – of course they will. They have no moral compass.

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  10. Bevan (3,232 comments) says:

    I wonder if one should ask the Auditor General to make his investigation retrospective, and assess if all allowances back through to 2005. Maybe he should also have a wee look into the Green’s rental practises.

    The old phrase about throwing stones in glass houses comes to mind.

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  11. Robert Winter (100 comments) says:

    But I thought that you all liked the AG to intervene? Personally, I have no problem, and haven’t had in the past, with the AG doing his/her job. And maybe you should ask for all issues to be addressed back to 2005. My bet is that no-one, on any side, in Parliament will want to go there. And let’s make sure that we include all funding of parties (open and secret, domestic and international) too, if we do ask.

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  12. burt (7,436 comments) says:

    Bevan

    That would be even more hysterical. See if there were others doing it too and the rules are confusing then parliament would have no choice but to validate…. well that’s the way the lovers of corruption framed it re: 2005 election spending.

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  13. Brian Smaller (3,966 comments) says:

    The difference, lefty trolls, is that we don’t fall into ‘protect the leaders at any cost no matter what they have done’ mode and I would suggest most on the right would want English gone if he has been shown to have done anything against the rules.

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  14. burt (7,436 comments) says:

    It would seem appropriate that English is stood down while the investigation is conducted. rOb at the standard pointed this out and I agree with him in this instance.

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  15. burt (7,436 comments) says:

    Brian

    I agree, be sad to see him leave but it would be a disgrace if National decide the ref made a bad call and validate English.

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  16. Brian Smaller (3,966 comments) says:

    He should resign if he has done anything wrong. Would he though? I think nine years of Labour has lowered the bar on personal repsonibility, even on the right.

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  17. burt (7,436 comments) says:

    Resign… resign…. He should be charged if he has broken the law…..

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  18. Brian Smaller (3,966 comments) says:

    burt – agree. The Greens have been very quiet on this as have a few Labour MPs who I thought would have got stuck in. Could be interesting.

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  19. Bevan (3,232 comments) says:

    Burt, I could just imagine the opposition ranting about the validation!

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  20. Rex Widerstrom (5,013 comments) says:

    Any idea, DPF, on what (or perhaps on whom) our extra $100,000 is being spent? I suspect an enquiry might produce some enlightening information.

    [DPF: Probably staff mainly]

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  21. kaya (1,360 comments) says:

    Instead of focusing on what is technically legal and what appears to look ok it would be refreshing if ANY of the politicians were to just stand up and do the right thing. The whole thing about what “they” did 5 years ago is irrelevant to me personally.
    Key has my total respect (apart from ignoring the referendum result) because as far as I am aware he gives a substantial part of his salary to charity? Yes I know he can afford it but still he is doing the right thing. As time goes on Bill English is looking more and more like he is doing something he should not. That is my perception.

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  22. Crusader (328 comments) says:

    I wonder how much Jim Anderton has been paid from the public purse over the course of his career? Does anyone have the stats? I am sure he gets far more than the struggling small businessman who is risking his life savings in a business and employing others in the process. The drivel he spouts is poisoned by hatred for anyone who improves their own lot by their own ingenuity and hard graft. The irony is that this “eat the rich” socialism is one of the main reasons NZ has such a poor record of business success (and thus a lower standard of living for the people Anderton claims to represent). What a complete plonker he is.

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