Send a default notice to Winston

Parliamentary Services now has the power to collect debts from political parties.

The agency that oversees politicians’ spending has new powers to call in the debt collectors on MPs and parties found to have unlawfully spent public money, preventing a repeat of the aftermath of the 2005 election.

Parliamentary Service can recover as a debt any spending it is later decided a political party or MP was not entitled to – such as loosely disguised election advertising. It will no longer rely on political pressure for repayments to be made.

After 2005, six of the seven parties deemed by the Auditor-General to have unlawfully spent a total of $1.17 million of parliamentary funding on campaign advertising paid back the sums voluntarily with only NZ First ($59,906) holding out.

But there was no legal obligation to do so and some were hesitant, agreeing to repay only under significant public pressure.

I’m pretty sure that the number for NZ First is out by $100,000. The Speaker should direct that Parliamentary services collect the outstanding $159,906 from 2005 from Winston First forthwith, including interest on the outstanding at the same penalty rates that IRD uses.

The first question on any credible journalists lips when confronting Winston Raymond Peters, 65, unemployed of St Marys Bay, should be “Winston, when are you going to replay the $159,000 you owe the NZ taxpayer?”

The second question should be to ask “What the difference between the ‘donation’ from the Vela family and a bribe is?”

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