Come Clean Koru

Koru Club Carter has lamely tried to say he only owes the taxpayer $251.16 and puts up a weasel excuse conveniently over looking thousands of dollars of other expenditure.

The simple fact is that Koru, Tugger and others including new National ministers like McCully and Groser have been treating their ministerial credit cards as personal cash machines. The most pathetic excuse of all is the Len Brown excuse. The excuse of I didn’t have my personal card on my at the time. This is complete tosh and should not be accepted by anyone.

Mita Ririnui who thinks nothing of zip-zapping Golf Clubs and Mountain Bikes uses this lamo excuse, as does Koru Club. Then we get the interesting $5500 bill for limos for 4 days. Koru Club says that the Australian Government forced him to do it. I call bullshit on that.

Carter Limo Costs

Carter Limo Costs Excuse

A quick Google search for limo companies in Adelaide shows that even the most expensive limo only costs around A$600 per day unless you decided to go on a winery tour and then the costs can climb into the region that Koru Club has claimed.

Koru Club Carter - TrougherKoru Club might think he can get away with paying for his sauna lifestyle and taking Peter along to drive the cars but he is not being completely honest with the taxpayers over his expensive limousine costs for 4 days in Adelaide.

His excuses don’t hold water and neither do anyone elses. At least Shane Jones isn’t making any excuses. It is totally unacceptable for Ministers of any party to be using credit cards provided by the government as their personal piggy-bank, irrespective of whether they paid it back or not. If you did this sort of thing as a private citizen to the extent these ministers have troughed it up you would be explaining yourself in front of a detective about charges of conversion.

It is apparent to everyone who isn’t completely bent out of shape by loyalty to their masters that no party can be trusted with ministerial expenditure, that no party can likewise be trusted with parliamentary expenditure (and that remains hidden from the OIA). It is high time for  areas that involve expenditure the likes we have seen on these statements to come under a seperate agency, independent of interference by politicians and their lackies like Heather Simpson to manage control of them. While we are at it let’s set up an Independent Commission Against Corruption and stick the expenses both parliamentary and minsterial under that.

They do it in Australia so why not here?

The Independent Commission Against Corruption will probe a 2008 trip to the Middle East by former NSW Labor minister Ian Macdonald, after a government report found he misused public funds.

The report by director general of the Department of Premier and Cabinet, Brendan O’Reilly, says the taxpayer footed the bill for airfares, meals and other transportation worth nearly $6000.

Mr O’Reilly began reviewing the trip to Dubai last week after Mr Macdonald, who was primary industries minister at the time, was accused of misusing money and failing to declare free flight upgrades.

Allegations against one of Mr Macdonald’s then staff members, deputy chief of staff Jamie Gibson, have also been referred to the ICAC.

Mr Macdonald, who was state and regional development minister, resigned from cabinet last Friday, and from the Legislative Council on Monday, over the allegations.

Let’s see some accountability like that here in New Zealand. No more letting the politicians decide, the people need to take control here. They can’t be trusted, especially from the red team.

As far as I am concerned, any troughing scum list MP can go right now. I’ll reserve judgment on electorate MPs. Scum List MPs are only accountable to their party and if their leaders don’t call them to account no one can. MMP for this reason alone has to go.

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