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Key's hand forced on travel perks

Phil Goff
Leader of the Labour Party

Key's hand forced on travel perks

Labour Leader Phil Goff said today that he supports any move to improve public confidence and transparency around MPs' international travel entitlements.

"The reality is though that John Key's hand has been forced on this issue. He's had no choice but to call for the abolition of the travel perk because he can no longer defend the behaviour of his own Minister Pansy Wong, who has been caught out abusing the privilege.

'Today's announcement by John Key is an admission that he has handled the whole Pansy Wong affair poorly. Last week, he responded by personally abusing the Opposition for its legitimate questioning of Pansy Wong's actions. He has been proven wrong.

"I've been saying for some time now that the international travel entitlement for MPs should be reviewed. The appropriate body to do that is the Remuneration Authority. It can make an independent decision about all aspects of the entitlement."

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