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Nat Calendar And Green Cards Collateral Damage

Published: Fri 20 Oct 2006 11:26 AM
Nat Calendar And Green Cards Collateral Damage

Thanks to the Auditor General's report the residents of National MP Lockwood Smith's Rodney electorate's letter boxes look likely to be a bull free zone
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Christmas for journalists and other social pariah's just got a whole lot bleaker following the Auditor General Kevin Brady's final report into the way parliamentary parties spend their taxpayer funds. A source close to Scoop would have endured a 2005 Xmas card free zone but for the arrival of a taxpayer funded and artistically pleasing card from the Green Party.
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Above and below - the taxpayer funded Green Party Xmas card – surely if taxpayers knew the cheer this card brought to the lonely they'd hardly begrudge the few pennies it takes to print and post it?
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Given that the Greens are already committed to re-paying $87,000 of misspent funds it seems unlikely they will risk incurring NZ's grinch-like bean counter's wrath by sending out potentially vote swinging Chrissy cards for 2006.
National MP Lockwood Smith and Orewa Surf Live Saving club members
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Also suffering from the new fun free environment that Mr Brady has ushered in will be the good citizens of National MP Lockwood Smith's Rodney electorate. Photos of Dr Smith standing proudly in a pair of Speedos surrounded by his fellow Orewa Surf lifesavers were splashed across NZ's newspapers earlier this week after Finance Minister Michael Cullen claimed a Christmas calendar issued by Dr Smith broke the rules under Mr Brady's new guidelines.
Dr Smith's calendar showed more than just the good lads of the Orewa surf life saving club though – January portrayed Dr Smith leading his prize winning Belgian Blue Bull (Woodleigh Jackson) around by the nose and May had Dr Smith with a smiling Miss Hibiscus Coast (2001 Winner).
Dr Smith and Miss Hibiscus Coast (2001 vintage)
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See also:
Lockwood Smith 2002 calendar
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