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Chris Carter likely to be back at Parliament tomorrow

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Wellington, June 20 NZPA - As disgraced Labour MP Chris Carter prepares to return to Parliament his colleagues think it is time to move on.

Mr Carter was put on indefinite stress leave after failing to front-up and apologise over his credit card spending as a minister.

After being sent home by Labour leader Phil Goff, Mr Carter issued a written public apology.

Mr Goff said Mr Carter would remain on leave for "whatever the appropriate period of time is in my judgement".

Today the Sunday Star Times reported he would return tomorrow.

Mr Carter told the newspaper he had needed time to reflect on the situation.

"When you are shoved into a corridor with a whole lot of journalists who have been waiting three-and-a-half hours to interview you...it wasn't very conducive to clear thinking."

A Labour Party spokesman said he could not confirm whether Mr Carter would return tomorrow.

Two Labour MPs promoted during Labour's reshuffle following the credit card scandal said action had been taken and it was now time to move on.

Charles Chauvel, who moved to the front bench, said the matter had been dealt with and no one, from any party, had come out well.

"We now need to move on with a high standard of transparency and accountability.

"We all know what the standard is now, Phil's been very clear with us," he told TVNZ' Q and A this morning.

The scandal had united the Labour Party even more, he said.

Grant Robertson, who moved to the second row, said Mr Goff had been "really decisive" over the issue.

"He showed that he is a strong leader and somebody that has respect for New Zealand, for his role as a (party leader)."

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