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Taxpayer support for Brash?

Posted by on April 29th, 2011

It wasn’t so much a hostile takeover as a buy-out. Don Brash threatened to shut off the money to ACT unless they made him their Leader, in much the same way he threatened to shut off the money to National unless they did the same eight years ago. So now he’ll be leading ACT from outside Parliament until the election in November, when he supposes he’ll be back in Parliament.

All of this begs the question of how ACT will manage without a Leader in Parliament? Over the road the penguin is jumping up and down about Hone Harawira’s taxpayer-funded travel, but at least Hone is a duly elected MP. Will any taxpayer resources go into supporting Don Brash, the non-MP ACT party Leader? Will he have access to their Research Unit and media team? Will any of ACT’s taxpayer funded promotional material have the Don’s mug on them? Will any of their parliamentary staff be reporting to the party Leader?

I’m sure after the fuss they’ve made about the use of parliamentary resources in the past, the National government will go out of their way to ensure the ACT party don’t inappropriately use theirs…


22 Responses to “Taxpayer support for Brash?”

  1. Carol says:

    Chris, have a look at Graeme Edgeler’s blog on Brash wanting Act rather than to start a new party, because he gets funding for Broacasting election ads with an party with seats in Parliament- something the new Mana Party won’t get:

    http://publicaddress.net/legalbeagle/adventures-in-the-oia-or-why-don-brash-wanted/

    And Idiot/Savant points out the contradiction in Brash manipulating the system to get this state subsidy in order to promote his privatising agenda:

    http://norightturn.blogspot.com/2011/04/why-brash-took-over-act.html

  2. Sean says:

    Interesting question Chris.

    On an associated note, will John Key invite Don Brash to join in the training of RNZAF helicopter crews on strategically important routes, such as Hamilton to Auckland?

  3. old sammy says:

    If ACT push Rodney Hide out of their caucus, do they lose money, speaking slots, etc? They certainly would lose their most effective performer in the House.

    And Graeme Edgeler has an interesting piece over at Public Address: if Brash formed a new party, it wouldn’t get TV/radio time. But ACT does.

    So, cuckoo coup.

  4. ghostwhowalksnz says:

    Brash claims to have the cash for the election fund ( plus the taxpayer paid for radio and TV) so he can have the private funders cough up for his travel and office costs.

    In reality Brash with have the ‘leaders fund’ to play with, thats if Rodders hasnt …cough ..spent it all

  5. Richard the First says:

    “So, cuckoo coup.” Very very good. So descriptive. :D

  6. David says:

    I hope he replaces the hopeless English, puts up the retirement age, cuts government largese so I can be assured of my state super in 25 years.
    English and Key will bankrupt us and no one will get super, time to cut the rich peoples childcare, doctors visits and WFF for the wealthy.

  7. graham says:

    one word russel norman

  8. Mac1 says:

    Ummm that’s two words.

  9. Monty says:

    Chris, with due Respect, I do not think Labour are in any position to criticize other parties about taxpayer support with your parties record in 1999, 2002, 2005 and to a much lessor extent in 2008. I have no doubt, Don will probably fund much of the up coming costs of being leader of Act out of his own pocket until after the election when he will return to parliament, and hopefully give the place a major shake up.

    Hone of course spent $43,000 in three months. That must be a massive rort. And then if I cast my mind back I wonder how much was spent on air travel by Labour MPs ruling to Auckland for “business” during the Mt Albert by-election in 2009. Those in glass houses ……..

  10. Monty says:

    By the way great you guys have finally put up an edit function. Next a spell check function?

  11. MikeG says:

    Why just wonder about the Labour MPs prior to the Mt Albert by-election? They weren’t the only Party contesting the election.

    Who paid for Calvert’s private meeting in Dr Brash’s Auckland apartment yesterday? At least Hone has a large electorate to travel around which would justify a lot of the spending.

  12. pdm says:

    As Graham said – Russel Norman.

    You conveniently overlook the rort that the Greens pulled to get the `Aussie’ into Parliament so he could campaign on Taxpayers money. You lot must be shaking a fair bit because by this time next year he could be Joint Leaer of the opposition.

  13. pdm says:

    make that Joint Leader of the Opposition.

  14. Tigger says:

    Monty – Brash’s costs will ‘probably’ be paid from
    private sources? So quoting a reliable source there? My god, if you’re going to run spin lines as the right’s lapdog at least have something better than ‘probably’…

  15. ghostwhowalksnz says:

    Monty , you can add your own spell check to your browser. It allows you to add special spellings to your own dictionary, now you can can write like Bill English, but unfortunately cant correct the arithmetic mistakes you both make.

  16. tracey says:

    Monty, what do you base your claim that Brash will “probably” pay out of his own pocket. A few days ago you castigated me for not posting facts.

    Now, the “real” world Mr Brash has lived in… Broadbank, something, Reserve Ban Governor, Chairman of Hujlich kiwisaver on whose watch he didnt notice the CEO was topping up losses personally, and when he did know, couldnt see how doing this and not telling investors was wrong… that’s some “real” world “experience”.

  17. Jamaal says:

    Chris wasn’t the major reason that Judith and four others stepped aside on the list was that so Louisa Wall could campaign from inside Parliament?

  18. Jamaal says:

    What’s wrong with that comment was it mention of the word Judith?

  19. SPC says:

    Yes David has a point there is a case for a WFF card enabling access to childcare and doctors visits and excluding the rich from the free stuff.

    The same approach can be used for Super, a means test for those who are still working to exclude the accountants and lawyers and Brash’s receiving super while on incomes few of society ever have.

    Why has someone like Brash never proposed this?

  20. Frontrower says:

    If Parliamentary resources do go on Brash that would be illegal. Write to the Speaker and AG when you have any evidence, no matter how … I was going to say flimsy or unsubstantiated, but that’s not really what I want to convey – it’s more that in this case when you see smoke you can assume there is fire.

  21. Spud says:

    I love the new motion sickness feature where we shake down to the latest comment! :-D Cybercoaster! :-D :-D :-D !

    “Will any of ACT’s taxpayer funded promotional material have the Don’s mug on them?” Oh man, his mug on a mug. :-(

    Calm down Don, I mean Monty :P

    @Rich – Yep, another gem. :-D

  22. Ian says:

    Monty, Hone was spending $43K that he was entitled to do as an ELECTED MP – remind me who voted for Don?