Will Labour pay it back?

When the Labour party held its leadership vote prediction were that the travel expenses of the candidates would soar…and so it turns out.

This is not a valid parliamentary expense, they were campaigning for their own party’ leadership. They should pay it back.

The NZ Herald reports:

The taxpayer-funded air travel expenses of Labour’s leadership contenders increased during the campaign period, the latest quarterly expenses disclosures show.

The eventual winner, Auckland-based David Cunliffe, had $14,071 of air travel in the July-to-September quarter, compared with $8538 in the previous quarter.

Rival Shane Jones, based in Northland, clocked up $21,184 in air travel compared with $13,430 the previous quarter.  

Wellington-based Grant Robertson spent $9737, compared with $7921 the previous quarter.

Overall the Labour caucus air travel expenses were $14,000 higher in the July-to-September quarter than the previous quarter and $22,000 higher than the same quarter in 2012.

We need David Cunliffe to pay back $5533 for his needless travel at the taxpayers expense.

Shane Jones can write us a cheque for $7754.

Grant Robertson needs to cough up $1816.

Thos expenses over and above their normal travel bills were for the Labour party and not for parliamentary purposes. They need to pay it back.


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  • Apolonia

    Spending other peoples money is a core party policy.

  • Toryboy

    No they will not pay it back, like they never paid back the $800,000 illegal pledge card in 2005.
    The way Cunliffe, Robertson and Jones see it they are morally justified in ripping off the taxpayer because the money was spent to elect the Messiah who has come to save the working class from the capitalist exploiters.

    “End justifies the means..” and all that; or as Cunliffe would put it “Do you think destroying the NZ economy, enslaving the intelligent, the hardworking, the productive and ushering in a 1000 years of darkness can be done for free??”

  • SJ00

    Fuckers, working for a govt department I’ve had all sorts of travel restrictions put on now including booking weeks in advance, flying jetstar when possible and if on ANZ flying at stupid times to get the cheapest flight. Plus I have lost Koru access. The funny thing is, I don’t mind these as its tax payers money. How about these pricks lead from the front and adopt the same rules we have? Even better, why do opposition members need to fly so much? One rule for all too much to ask for? If you don’t come down to my level, can I come up to yours?

  • Sooty

    We are still waiting for Winston irrelevant to payback his $158,00, still after how many years.

  • thor42

    They won’t pay it back. They get away with all sorts of other dodgy stuff so I’m sure they’ll just hope that this “blows over”.

  • Will Labour pay it back? I think Winston Peters can answer that:

  • Sponge

    I had answered “not a chance” in my mind as soon as I saw the title of the post – even before reading the post itself.

    Tells you something about Labour doesn’t it?

  • Whanga_Cynic

    Don’t hold your breath!

  • johnbronkhorst

    Are they going to pay back the tax payer for:
    Goofy’s travel to left wing leaders conference in South America?
    arderns repeated travel to world socialist conferences?
    pledge card spending in 2005?
    etc etc
    NO …didn’t think so. So why would we expect them to pay back this theft as well?

    • Bunswalla

      You, me, a few others.

  • nudgy

    Shane Jones would have to be up there with the best troughers of all time. The Fisheries Commission was a great one for this verbose wanker. What a bunch of tossers these lefties are. Full of bullshit and a sense of entitlement. Troughing scum.

    • tspoon

      I wonder if the hotel movies are locally made…

  • Eiselmann

    They should but they won’t.
    Iirc all three were asked this question at the beginning of this spend up and not one of them saw issue with funding this part of their parties campaign with tax payer money.
    And while it would be good politics if they put their hand in their own pockets and paid for the extra expense they wouldn’t dare…remember every time there’s a leadership challenge they can tap into this gravy train, woe betide the labour politician that does the honourable thing and actually pays the taxpayer back .

  • Macca

    So by my reckoning, Jones has cost the taxpayer the thick end of 35K in 6 months for air travel alone – not to mention all the other incidentals ie. taxis, meals, accommodation etc.

  • Patrick

    If they had any intention of paying it back they would not have run up the expenses in the first place, meanwhile back in the real world if I used my employers Amex for private use I would be shown the door, therefore I do not. There will be no repercussions, these guys know that.

  • john Doe

    Their pretense of being socialists is a joke. The are capitalists like the rest of us.

    • Patrick

      Not correct, they are definitely socialists – using other peoples money is the socialist way. Saying one thing & doing the other is the socialist way.

      • john Doe

        True that. My point (probably poorly made) is that for this lot its all about themselves and not about the greater good of the people.

  • Pissedoffyouth

    Why aren’t the media aware of this?

    • john Doe

      It was reported in the Herald if you can call them media.

    • Patrick

      They will be – just like plenty were aware of Mayor Brown’s porking but chose to keep it quiet. Wouldn’t want to portray the lefties in a poor light would they?

    • Ronnie Chow

      We are , and this is , the Media…..

  • Teletubby

    Unfortunately under the current rules this is legit, which really just highlights the need for a change of rules. Free domestic travel for any purpose is part of the pay package, MPs pays were reduced a few years back to account for it. I would far prefer that they had to have legitimate parliamentary reasons for travel and pay them more. Gareth Carbon Footprint Hughes would be grounded for starters

  • Kimbo

    At least Jones will be paying cash for his inhouse pornos now – Depending on volume that should be a substantial taxpayer saving per annum.

  • Rex Widerstrom

    If anyone were in any doubt about this (though I can’t think why they should be) they only need ask themselves whether or not prospective leaders of the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party, or the Libertarianz, ought to be given free travel next time there’s a vacancy for that office?

    Or any of the other registered political parties in New Zealand, from which Labour is no different.

    It never ceases to amaze me how our political “leaders” and their “advisors” can’t see that this sort of thing is just stupid politics, aside from the moral question. If you’re campaigning to be perceived as prudent managers of the tax take (and who isn’t in politics), you completely wreck your credibility for the sake of $15,103.

    That would barely buy you a quarter page ad in a provincial daily on a weekday, yet the positioning gain you’d get by paying it would be worth hundreds of thousands in free advertising courtesy of the media.

  • Steve R

    What with !!!! They’re broke Hahahahaha.
    Actually it’s not that funny. We all no that they will hit us up for the cost of next years election. Not to mention all the lies that will be told to get the headlines.

  • Bad__Cat

    Will pigs fly or refuse to sup at the trough?