Dear Lockwood

Hon Dr Lock?wood Smith
Speaker of the House of Representatives

By blog and?email

Re: Breach of Par?lia?men?tary Ser?vices Spend?ing?Rules

Dear Dr?Smith,

Please find over?leaf??a?scanned copy of a brochure sent to the general electorate by Labour over the weekend of 16-17 July 2011.

This “postcard” is authorised by Rick Barker and carries the parliamentary crest suggesting that Parliamentary Services paid for the brochure.

The brochure does not carry the?recommended?wording as stipulated by the Electoral Commission in their advice to parties earlier this year (attached).

In addition the brochure carries a website for voters to gather additional information. This website is not funded by Parliamentary Services, it clearly is a site that asks for donations, votes and membership in clear breach of Parliamentary Services and Electoral Commission?guidelines. By funding the brochure which then directs voters to Labour’s own site, authorised by Chris Flatt, not Rick Barker, they have deliberately obscured the purpose of the brochure to Parliamentary Services when seeking funding.

Could you please clar?ify whether it is legal for the Labour Party to use Par?lia?men?tary Ser?vices?fund?ing for the ben?e?fit of a polit?i?cal party and in?par?tic?u?lar?the ben?e?fit of the Labour party in order to solicit votes, membership or money? If it is not could you please tell me what steps you?intend tak?ing against Labour, and what steps I per?son?ally can take to stop?any party abus?ing?Par?lia?men?tary Ser?vices funding.

In the inter?ests of pro?vid?ing?transparency?and infor?ma?tion for the pub?lic of New Zealand I would like to pub?lish all?the rules and?guide?lines?that polit?i?cal par?ties rely upon for deci?sions around use of Par?lia?men?tary Ser?vices fund?ing on this blog. Could you please pro?vide?this information?

Yours faith?fully

Cameron Slater