National continues to enable the despicable ACT rort

Let’s be honest.  ACT has been on National life support for a while now.   They could have stood a goat as a candidate in Epsom and it would have gotten in.

And now, National are making sure ACT are handsomely rewarded.

Act’s 32-year-old sole MP and parliamentary newcomer could be up for a salary of $226,300 and a sizeable package of funding to run his office and Act’s parliamentary operations if Prime Minister John Key gives him a ministerial portfolio.

Mr Key gave his strongest indication yet this week that Mr Seymour would get a ministerial portfolio despite being a new MP, because it would give support partner Act greater resources — “otherwise we’d have an MP pretty much on his own with an [executive assistant] and it is very difficult to manage that party-to-party relationship”.

Mr Seymour is expected to get Associate Education Minister responsible for partnership schools, the official name for charter schools negotiated by Act in the last Government agreement. As a minister his salary would be $226,300. All electorate MPs receive funding from the Parliamentary Service to pay support staff, such as an executive assistant and out of Parliament support staff along with associated costs such as rent.

While Jamie Whyte will for the time being at least remain Act’s leader, Mr Seymour is almost certain to become Act’s leader in Parliament which will entitle him to receive $122,000 a year to pay for his party’s parliamentary operations.

However, as a minister he will receive Ministerial Services funding to pay for additional staff such as a senior private secretary, press secretary and ministerial adviser and for a party leader, a chief of staff. Funding is at a level set at the discretion of the PM who is responsible for Ministerial Services.


Essentially inexperienced, Seymour brings nothing to the table other than a sycophantic vote.  And Key is now rewarding him with the baubles of office.   National back benchers won’t appreciate being paid $100k less and having significantly less support staff.


– Adam Bennett, NZ Herald

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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