Reason number 43763 why Parliamentary Services should be subject to the OIA

A former MP has taken $9000 in travel perks he was not entitled to after a blunder by the Parliamentary Service.

The service’s annual report has revealed it incorrectly advised an ex-MP he was entitled to the perk. He claimed $9000 in domestic and international travel for himself and his spouse before the service belatedly realised he had not served the minimum time in Parliament to qualify.

MPs must have served more than three terms, and only those elected before the 1999 election qualify for it.

The Parliamentary Service funds the running costs of MPs, including their offices, travel, salaries and other allowances.

It is unclear who the ex-politician is – the service is not open to public scrutiny because it is exempt from the Official Information Act.

A spokesman said the service would not release the name of the former MP or the circumstances under which its error was made. It does not appear the politician was asked to repay the money.

And why haven’t they been asked to repay the money? Try arguing the error argument with the bank when they make a mistake.

This guy is just a trougher trying it on, name him and shame him into paying back the taxpayers money.

People in Wellington…you know how to whisper quietly to the Whale…whisper away. For the ex-MP it would just be better to out himself before I find out who he is. Write the cheque and pay us back before I find out.

Better still let’s remove the perks altogether.

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