Lockwood backs down

Lockwood Smith has backed down after painting himself into a corner over transparency.

Speaker Lockwood Smith has caved in to pressure to release MPs’ spending on their travel perks after political parties rebelled against his initial stance by releasing their own expenses.

Today Dr Smith re-issued the last quarter’s expense disclosure with the cost of MPs’ travel perks included again.

He said he would continue to include the costs of that travel in the future.

In a statement he said he had released the full set of expenses because of confusion created by the decision of some parties to release their own expenses.

Good stuff. Now perhaps he might get back on track to being a great Speaker like we discussed the other week, by opening up all of Parliamentary Services spending to the OIA, especially the Leaders offices of all political parties. Let’s see how committed Labour and the Greens are to transparency now, not just on travel expenses but all spending inside parliamentary services. I suspect their commitment to transparency is decidedly hollow.


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