Submitted by Editor on Tue, 21/09/2004 - 01:55

In a ruling that probably will not be publicised by sitting MPs, all sitting members of federal parliament can use their electoral allowance to fund How To Vote cards - even mentioning the Senate on the tickets.

Cherrie Newsham


Monday 20th September 2004

Apparently the Special minister of State has sent a letter to all MPs after discussions with major parties. Latham and Howard have not publicised this new rort, made public in today's Australian Financial Review. Previously the Australian National Audit office asked for certification that MPs printing costs were not for party business.

"This clearly puts any new parties like Family First at a disadvantage as we cannot use taxpayers' money to get votes, unlike all the other major parties," says Andrea Mason, Federal Party Leader of Family First.

The socially conservative Family First is building on its success in the SA election, with 126 candidates across 6 states and the Northern Territory, aiming to win Senate places across the nation, and to influence marginal seats.


Andrea Mason
Federal Party Leader
0423 917 539



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