Independent MP Chris Carter has had to cancel his Christmas holiday after 3 News learned he had been planning to have it paid by the taxpayer.
Mr Carter and his partner managed to book an international holiday using the MPs' travel perk right before Parliament's Speaker, Lockwood Smith, banned MPs from taking private travel with public money.
Chris Carter's partner Peter Kaiser arrived at Parliament this morning to help tidy up a few loose ends but he didn't want to talk about a Christmas trip the pair had planned.
Mr Carter and Mr Kaiser were booked to leave Auckland on December 29, flying business class via Singapore to Colombo and Sri Lanka.
The estimated cost of their flights is $13,902 – 90 percent picked up by the taxpayer.
The pair were planning on holidaying with British MP Ben Bradshaw and his partner but an hour after 3 News confronted Mr Kaiser, Mr Carter sent a text saying the trip was cancelled and he wasn't going to front.
It seems that Chris Carter is a slow learner, and that his case of entitleitis has flared up again. The public has had enough of MP's from ALL corners of the House sucking on the public teat, and even though what Carter was proposing is within the rules - just - surely he must understand the public firestorm which is now erupting.
We don't begrudge Chris Carter and Peter Kaiser a holiday. But their joint income is far in excess of ours, and surely it wouldn't hurt them to dip into their own pockets just this once. For the record, we are off on holiday tomorrow, and we've paid for it ourselves as have hundreds of thousands of other New Zealand families. We've certainly never booked a business class flight.
Are we jealous? Quite possibly. Are we angry? Absolutely! Chris Carter, and all our MP's need to take a long, hard look at themselves and ask if they are giving us value for money. In Carter's case, we reckon that the answer is a no-brainer.