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Taxpayers Footing the Bill for Harawira’s Mandela Trip

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Taxpayers Footing the Bill for Harawira’s Mandela Trip

11 DECEMBER 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Reacting to confirmation from Hone Harawira’s office that taxpayers will be footing the bill for the Mana Party leader’s trip to the Mandela service*, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union Jordan Williams said:

“This trip is a slap in the face to taxpayers and particularly Mr Harawira’s electorate, who are supposed to be the beneficiaries of his parliamentary funding.

Mr Harawira already spends more than any other non-ministerial member of Parliament. Earlier in the year the public found out he spent even more than the then Leader of the Opposition.

Originally Mr Harawira told the public that he was footing the bill himself. Now we know that he’s treating the taxpayer funded Parliamentary budget as a travel slush fund.”
ENDS

* As reported by the The Northern Advocate, see http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10879636

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