Dear Lockwood

Hon Dr Lockwood Smith
Speaker of the House of Representatives

By blog and email

Re: Breach of Parliamentary Services Spending Rules

Dear Dr Smith,

Please find overleaf a copy of minutes of the Labour North meeting on 25th May 2011.

You will find the following phrase 2/3rds of the way down the first page:

“The role of the office and MPs were clarified, noting these add value to the collective, and to use Parliamentary Services for best outcome for LP”.

Could you please clarify whether it is legal for the Labour Party to use Parliamentary Services funding for the benefit of a political party and in particular the benefit of the Labour party. If it is not could you please tell me what steps you intend taking against Labour, and what steps I personally can take to stop any party abusing Parliamentary Services funding.

In the interests of providing transparency and information for the public of New Zealand I would like to publish all the rules and guidelines that political parties rely upon for decisions around use of Parliamentary Services funding on this blog. Could you please provide this information?

Yours faithfully

Cameron Slater


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  • monty

    good work Cam – excelent to see you doing your civic duty and exposing the continued theft (actual and intended)

    Maybe a formal complaint against John Hatfield will send a clear message as well

  • kehua

    sic em harder!!

  • thor42

    Good stuff!

  • Good stuff Cameron. Smith has shown a willingness to do the right thing, and has probably become the most outstanding Speaker in my memory. If this sort of carry-on is deemed illegal and needs stamping out, I have no doubt that he is the bloke to do it.

  • kevin

    Sort all the bullsh*tting pricks out. Sickening. Thank you Cam.

  • mickrodge

    Good work Cameron.

    It really irks me that following the pledge card rort & subsequent law changes these people continue to take us (the public) for fools.

    Try using the excuse “it was a simple mistake” next time you get a speeding ticket kids & let me know how you get on.