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Media release from the Taxpayers' Union

MEDIA RELEASE

CIVILIAN PARTY PLAYING SURELY PLAYING PRACTICAL JOKE

10 JUNE 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is disappointed that the Civilian Party is defending the $33,635 grant from the Electoral Commission for election programme broadcasting. Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union, Jordan Williams, says:

“For the Civilian party to accept $33,000 to promote its policies of free ice cream and a llama for each child in poverty, is outrageous. This is an affront to very important issues like health and education. It is absurd that while people wait for surgery, the Civilian Party receives $33,000 of taxpayer money for what is essentially a hobby horse."

"If the Electoral Commission is prepared to give money to the Civilian Party, then perhaps we should be looking at whether this state funded political campaigning should exist at all."

“We think the Civilian Party do a great job of pointing out the daily absurdities of politics but we are stunned that they are happy to accept taxpayers' money. We ask them to do the honourable thing and turn down the cash.”

ENDS

ENQUIRIES:

Jordan Williams
021 762 542

NOTES TO EDITORS:

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is a non-partisan activist group, dedicated to being the voice for Kiwi taxpayers in the corridors of power. It’s here to fight government waste and make sure New Zealanders get value for money from their tax dollar.

The Taxpayers’ Union operates a 24 hour media line for comment on taxpayer issues. Representatives are available on (04) 282 0302.

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