Tova O’Brien has the dirty details
The ACT Party’s David Seymour can look forward to a string of Parliamentary perks and funding worth more than $500,000.
That’s because Prime Minister John Key has signed deals with ACT and United Future, giving them plum jobs which come with plum benefits.
Mr Seymour’s been given the role of undersecretary for education. It means he gets a bit more say in two portfolios, and a lot more cash.
More importantly, he also gets no say in parliament, can’t be questions on any portfolios, and isn’t subject to Official Information Act requests. Â Talk about being put into the parliamentary creche…
Because ACT failed to get its actual leader Jamie Whyte into Parliament, Mr Seymour gets Parliament’s perks â€“ including $100,000 plus party, member and other funding.
Add that to Mr Seymour’s allowance just for being an MP, and his undersecretary salary – which is nearly $30,000 more than your average back bencher – and he’s pulling $585,028 a year plus extra staff.
It’s all thanks to Mr Key doing a deal and gifting Mr Seymour Epsom â€“ and the MP admits he couldn’t have won the seat without the Prime Minister’s support.
Nope. Â It’s a rort. Â Strategic voting under MMP is one thing, but this is quite the welcome package for the 31 year old newbie.Â Read more »