Public funding of political parties was mentioned in passing yesterday during question time in parliament when National was asking questions over Winston Peters.
Mr Key said the Government with New Zealand First’s support had pushed through the Electoral Finance Act designed to make election funding more transparent.
“Did she expect she would be standing in the House defending Mr Peters who seemed to receive $100,000 but didn’t want to tell anyone about it?”
Miss Clark said that was a “bit rich” considering how much the National Party benefited from anonymous donations.
Dr Norman asked if the scandal showed the need to ban anonymous donations and Miss Clark agreed, saying public funding would remove problems.
It would remove some problems for politicians but it would create more, including wasting more taxpayers’ money on party political activities and make politicians less accountable to party members and the general public.