Saturday, August 10, 2013
Snouts ALL firmly in the trough
"MPs on all sides are joining forces to defend the right to set their own unlimited travel perks - despite a Government promise to transfer them to an independent body.
Prime Minister John Key pledged three years ago that the Government would strip MPs of the power to set their own perks. It introduced a bill last year to change the system, under which Parliament's Speaker determines the widely criticised allowances that give MPs unlimited free travel within New Zealand.
However, MPs on the government administration select committee have gutted the Members of Parliament (Remuneration and Services) Bill - and returned control of travel and accommodation perks to the Speaker. The U-turn has received cross-party support..."
They were about as likely to vote their perks curtailed, as a Frenchman who lives next door to a brothel is to move house!