The latest Minister’s credit card expenses for the September to December 2016 are out and, as usually, media have raked through credit card spending trying to discover what Ministers have been over indulging on with taxpayer’s money.
We learned that Todd McClay took Winston Peters to Paris and they dined on foie gras and snails at a bistro in Paris. Hey, while in Paris might as well try a snail or two.
Rarely do they examine the opposition parties expense accounts. Why bother, they don’t get the opportunities to travel or waste taxpayer’s money like the governing parties or do they but it doesn’t come under the microscope? However, we are going to do some digging and examine the expenses of the three opposition parties since the 2014 elections to December 2016.
Labour have 32 MPs – In December 2016 Michael Wood replaced Phil Goff.
Greens have 14 MPs – In September 2015 Marama Davison replaced Russell Norman and Barry Coates replaced Kevin Hague left late in 2016.
NZ First started off with 11 MPs but gained an extra MP when Winston Peters won the Northland by-election early in 2015. Read more »