The public wouldn't put up with taxpayer money being used to fund election campaigns, Prime Minister John Key says.
Opposition parties have raised it as an alternative to fund-raising during the row over their claims that National offers access to ministers in return for donations.
The Government denies that and says Labour used similar schemes in the past.
"Labour and the Greens raise funds extensively, Labour gets hundreds of thousands, if not millions, from the unions," Mr Key said today.
"I'd be absolutely amazed if the public want to dip into their pockets and pay for election campaigns run by Labour and the Greens."
A referendum on state funding has been suggested but Mr Key says it would "cost a hell of a lot more than the amount needed [to run campaigns] for a year or two".
source: newshub archive