Where’s the taxpayer value in sending Mr Speaker to Africa?
If Speaker of the House Trevor Mallard wanted to see
gorillas in Africa he should have paid for the privilege,
says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union.
Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan
Williams says “There is plenty of wildlife at Wellington
Zoo. Taxpayers should not have to fund Trevor Mallard to see
the same thing in Rwanda.”
“At least when the Speaker
went to Japan to watch the All Blacks,
you could argue there were some limited benefits for
diplomacy. The benefit to taxpayers from the Speaker
visiting countries in Africa and going on safari adventures
to promote ‘cultural ties’ is extraordinarily
“Speakers tours are from a bygone
colonial era. They offer little, if any, value for
taxpayers and should be
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