23 September 2009
Office of the Auditor-General
Level 2, State Services Commission Building
100 Molesworth Street
I am aware you have been requested by the Rt Hon Jim Anderton to carry out an investigation into the housing Allowance being claimed by the Hon Bill English.
Can I ask that you carry out a parallel investigation into the additional payments received by Mr Anderton as the Parliamentary Leader of the Progressive Party.
It is a matter of public record that Mr Anderton has stated that the Progressive Party will not stand candidates at the next general election. Additionally he has advised members of the Progressive Party to join the Labour Party and seek to stand for them. More to the point however is that he has been appointed by the Labour Party as their spokesperson on Agriculture.
Mr Anderton is leader of a Party in name only. To all intents and purposes he is a member of the Labour Opposition. It is a rort that he continues to claim the additional payments that accrue to the leader of a separate political party.
I look forward to your advice on this matter.