Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Law Commission squanders $600,000

Law Commission squanders $600,000 on travel, accommodation

The Law Commission is squandering close to $600,000 over five years on travel and accommodation for its out of town commissioners.

Green MP Rod Donald, who this year has revealed overspending in the Lotteries Commission, Work and Income NZ and the Casino Control Authority, today revealed the Law Commission was flying two commissioners, who reside in Auckland, to and from Wellington on a regular basis.

The costs were revealed in an answer from Justice Minister Tony Ryall to a written question from Mr Donald.

Mr Donald understands the travel and accommodation are for full-time commissioner Donald Dugdale, who has a five-year contract, and part-time commissioner Denise Henare, who is married to National MP Wayne Mapp.

The written answer shows commission travel costs in the past two years were $162,506 and accommodation costs in the past two years were $73,476. Over a five-year period this adds up to close to $600,000.

Mr Donald said the spending was grossly extravagant and he challenged Tony Ryall's defence of it.

"It's another example of wasting taxpayers' money. The rules should be changed so fulltime appointees should have to move to Wellington when the cost of relocating is less than the cost of paying weekly travel and accommodation.

"I am appalled that Tony Ryall has come out defending this spending. If it was Cook Strait ferry crews being flown to Wellington from around the country, as used to happen, he would be jumping up and down about it.

"If Ryall thinks this is acceptable expenditure, what other spending has he okayed that the public don't know about? I want this issue looked at after the election and all crown entities and similar agencies investigated to see if similar spending is going on elsewhere.

"Clearly there is a lack of scrutiny and accountability."

Mr Donald said he had the greatest respect for the work of the Law Commission but it was inappropriate for long-term commissioners to have such extravagant conditions in their contracts.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Crowdsale And Crowdfunding Campaign: Help Create The Future Of Independent News

Two weeks to go! The Scoop 3.0 plan aims to create NZ’s first community-owned, distributed news and media intelligence ecosystem in 2019. We believe this ScoopPro media monetisation approach can be scaled and spread globally to support local and independent news efforts in regional New Zealand and around the world.

Scoop is an ecosystem, it would not exist without those who contribute to it, read it and rely on it for professional media purposes. Generous past support from this ecosystem has enabled us to come this far in developing our business model. Support our PledgeMe Campaign>>


14/11: Two Years’ Progress Since The Kaikoura Earthquake

Mayor John Leggett said it was a day for reflection, but also a time to recognise the work by many people to support progress towards recovery made across Marlborough since November 2016. More>>


Pike River: Mine Drift Re-Entry Plan To Proceed

“I’ve decided the Te Kāhui Whakamana Rua Tekau Mā Iwa - Pike River Recovery Agency, recommended course of action to enter the drift, using the existing access tunnel, is by far the safest option,” said Andrew Little. More>>


Appointments: New High Commissioner To Australia Announced

“Dame Annette King needs no introduction given her long running career as a parliamentarian where she has previously held a number senior Cabinet portfolios, including Justice, Police and Health. She also was Parliament’s longest serving female MP with 30 years’ service,” said Mr Peters. More>>


Two Years Since Kaikoura: Silvia Cartwright To Lead Inquiry Into EQC

“The inquiry will be the first of its kind under the Public Inquiries Act 2013 and will have all the powers of a Royal Commission, be independent of Government and make its report directly to the Governor-General. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Royal Commission Into Child Abuse

Obviously, it is good news that the coalition government has broadened the scope of its Royal Commission into the abuse of children, beyond its previous focus on children in state care. More>>


Cases Delayed: Court Staff Refuse To Handle Sentencing Papers

Dozens of court cases have reportedly been delayed, as court staff escalate industrial action at two Auckland courts by enforcing a ban on handling sentencing papers. More>>


Education: Primary Teachers Rolling Strikes

RNZ Report: More than 100,000 primary school students in Auckland will be home from school today as teachers and principals walk off the job for the second time this year. It's the start of a week of rolling one-day strikes around the country, after the collapse of contract negotiations last Thursday. More>>


"Process Was Sound": Inquiry Into Haumaha Appointment Released

The Inquiry’s purpose was to examine, identify, and report on the adequacy of the process that led to the appointment. It found the process was sound and no available relevant information was omitted. More>>





InfoPages News Channels