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MP Golden Handshakes a bigger issue than (de)Barclay

MP Golden Handshakes a bigger issue than (de)Barclay
4 DECEMBER 2017


“What other fixed term job do you walk away with a $40,000 golden handshake?” asks the Taxpayers’ Union, responding to the media reports of Todd Barclay going on holiday with an entitlement of $3,000 per week until 23 December.

“While everyone is piling on to Todd Barclay for skipping the country, why isn't the media asking the same question of other former MPs? Peter Dunne’s at home gardening, Te Ururoa Flavell’s setting up a personal training business, and Metiria Turei, who like Mr Barclay resigned in disgrace, also receive the $40,000 payout.”

“All 34 MPs who left Parliament are laughing their way to the bank. They are no doubt all thankful it’s not them taking the heat for an entitlement which they know is wrong.”

“Instead of trying to deflect attention with cheap shots at Todd Barclay, the Prime Minister should put an end to this rort. That would be much more reflective of the Government’s ‘relentlessly positive’ campaign slogan.”

ENDS

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