Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

National blocks review of MPs expenses

National blocks review of MPs expenses

The National Party today blocked a motion in Parliament to set up an independent review of MPs expenses and entitlements.

Green Party Co-Leader Metiria Turei put a motion before Parliament:

That the members of this House, recognising that the public are entitled to an open and transparent democratic system in which they can have confidence, call on Mr Speaker to establish an independent review of all expenses and allowances for current and former members and their spouses and partners and further, that all such expenses and allowances should be determined and administered independently of members of Parliament.

There was no opportunity to debate the motion as the National Party blocked discussion, despite John Key saying this week that the system needs to change.

“It is very disappointing that John Key’s National Party has chosen to block our call for Parliament to ask for an independent review of MPs’ expenses. It is time for all the parties to take action to help keep New Zealand politics honest,” said Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei.

“The current system isn’t working and it is undermining public confidence in Parliament.

“The public deserve a system that is simple, clear and fair. Our proposal is that an independent body be set up and asked to develop system that promotes transparency and clearly separates remuneration and legitimate work expenses.

“We have consistently called for an independent overhaul of the whole system so that the public can have confidence in it. It is time for the National Party to stop blocking progress on this issue,” said Mrs Turei.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Next Governor-General

The next Governor-General will have to be named quite soon. Dame Patsy Reddy (appointed 2016) is nearing the end of her five-year term. At the best of times, being a credible local stand-in for a head of state that’s based in London cannot be an easy job. Yet for the next appointee, the usual republican rumblings will be the least of it. The next G-G will almost certainly be in office when the Elizabeth II era finally comes to an end, and when the reign of her deeply uncharismatic son gets under way... More>>


 
 

Office Of The Speaker: 2021 Register Of Pecuniary And Other Specified Interests Presented

The 2021 Register of Pecuniary and Other Specified Interests of Members of Parliament was presented to the House today. It contains a summary of members’ pecuniary and other specified interests as at 31 January 2021. The Speaker of the House, Rt Hon ... More>>

Budget 2021: Boosts Carbon Neutral Government Commitment

· Budget 2021 delivers $67.4 million to support the transition to a carbon neutral public sector by 2025 · State Sector Decarbonisation Fund receives significant boost to support more schools, hospitals and other government organisations to replace ... More>>

Government: To Rev Up Reductions In Transport Emissions

The Government is calling for feedback on a range of potential policies to eliminate emissions in the transport sector. Transport Minister Michael Wood today released Hīkina te Kohupara – Kia mauri ora ai te iwi - Transport Emissions: Pathways to ... More>>

Child Poverty: Reports Highlight Need For Ongoing Action

The Government has released the first Annual Report for the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy and the second Child Poverty Related Indicators (CPRI) Report, both of which highlight improvements in the lives of children as a result of actions of the Government, ... More>>

ALSO:

PM: Statement On The Speaker And Annual Review Debate

“The serious issue of alleged sexual assault and harassment at Parliament was poorly managed and inappropriately politicised last night. The tone of the debate did not reflect well on Parliament as a whole,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. ... More>>

Local Government: Independent Review To Explore Future

Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta says an independent review of local government will explore how councils can maintain and improve the wellbeing of New Zealanders in the communities they serve long into the future. More>>

ALSO:


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels