25 Aug 2017

SSC clears National over use of campaign slogan

8:55 pm on 25 August 2017

The State Services Commission has cleared the Treasury of breaching political neutrality by allowing the use of a National Party slogan in a presentation this week.

Bill English speaking at the National Party Conference in Wellington.

Bill English speaking at the National Party Conference in Wellington on 25 June. Photo: RNZ / Demelza Leslie

The phrase "Delivering for New Zealanders" appeared in a slide show during the pre-election fiscal update by Finance Minister Steven Joyce.

The State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes said it appeared the presentation was put together using a Budget 2017 template, which included the slogan.

Commission rules require government departments to stay clear of party politics in the run-up to a general election.

But Mr Hughes said he was satisfied there was no intention to convey a political message, Treasury's political neutrality had not been compromised and no further action was required by the government watchdog.

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