"Nice to Have" – $4.12m on a Governor General

Jonathan Marshall has an article about the outrageous expenses of the Governor-General.

Amongst other things there is a bill of $500,000 for photocopying!

I don’t know why we can’t simply outsource the Governor-General’s position to the private sector. Cut the ceremonial bullshit completely, and retain a constitutional lawyer on retainer to cover the constitutional issues if and when they arise.

The retainer would probably only have to be making someone a knight or a dame because it is hard to remember a constitutionally tricky situation that our Governor-General has actually got into in.


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  • sooty

    We can see why Helen Clark gave him the job! He has the Labour party sense of entitlement down to a tee!!!!

  • thor42

    Agreed, WO – axe the G.G. Geez, there are also **so many** government departments that could go the way of the dinosaurs. Lesb – sorry – Women’s Affairs, Maori Affairs, P.I. Affairs – dozens of others too.

  • grizz

    Imagine how much the GG would cost if we had to elect them?

  • gaskranken

    Five hundred grand!!! – At 20c a copy that’s 250 thousand copies, am I right? What’s he doing? Being more Indian than kiwi and running a publishing business on the side perhaps?

  • reid

    To be accurate re: photocopying it’s TBD at this stage.

    However it’s not a good look is it indeed a most foolish one given the exigencies world-wide since 2009 up to today, Not a good look at all.

    Let’s hope Jerry Mateparae will sort it. I’m sure he will. The aide-de-camp won’t know what’s hit him.