Murky dealings of the Marsden Fund

There is much more than meets the eye with the murky dealings of the Marsden Fund.

Two weeks ago Prime Minister Helen Clark was professing ignorance of the machinations of the Marsden Fund all innocent like on Paul Holmes.

This morning she is all authoritative about exactly how strctly the "Chinese Walls" operate around conflict of interest provisions.

Why the change, well because despite professing she knew nothing about the Marsden Fund it turns out that her husband Peter Davis has been on the panel for two years and the recipient of over $600,000 of funding from the same panel upon which he sits.

Also it has been revealed that over $21 million has been granted to panel members.

There is an old saying that if "If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck then it most certainly is a duck".

This duck maybe has a name….Corruption. 

I think a parliamentary enquiry is warranted into this untidy mess.


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