Here’s Melissa Lee explaining on Checkpoint how her staff volunteered their time to produce a video for National Party list candidates:
LEE: Well we were doing a launch, you know, for the Asian campaign and I thought it might be a good, fun thing to actually have a video to put onto Youtube or Facebook, I can’t actually remember exactly how it happened and I needed some assistance with the camera and I asked my staff if they wanted to help me and, you know, told them they are certainly allowed to say no, you know. It’s not like I forced them to do it.
She “can’t actually remember exactly how it happened”. Yeah right.
But she needed some assistance with the camera, for the Youtube video authorised by Mark Oldershaw, the financial agent for the National Party. It is definitely a National Party election advertisement for the party vote. Until recently it was on the National Party website.
Those cameras would cost real money to hire. And cameras can’t volunteer, even for Melissa Lee.
So where is their expense declared on the National Party election return for the party vote, signed by Mark Oldershaw?