Political analyst Dr Bryce Edwards - National Party 'have major headache' with Serious Fraud Office

News 13/03/2019

The Serious Fraud Office's (SFO) involvement in Jami-Lee Ross' complaint about political donations will be fundamental in investigating if someone has tried to "rort" our electoral system, according to a leading law professor.

On Tuesday, police confirmed the complaint, received in October last year, was in relation to the disclosure of political donations under the Electoral Act and it had been referred to the SFO.

In October last year, Mr Ross went to the police over allegations National Party leader Simon Bridges was involved in unlawful activity relating to the handling of a $100,000 donation.

Mr Ross said the donation was broken into smaller amounts to avoid detection from the Electoral Commission.

Dr Bryce Edwards, political analyst and researcher at Victoria University of Wellington and Director of Critical Politics joins Brendan Telfer, in for Peter Williams, on Magic Mornings to discuss.