Goodness; MP's are headed off overseas on a junket; the Herald reports:
Delegates on the annual Speaker's Tour have left on a two-week, $158,000 business class trip to Europe to learn about the challenges facing the global economy.
So we can't help but wonder; will the Greens be calling for an independant inquiry into this wasteful expenditure? Will they be calling for a moratorium on such "tours"? And will Darien Fenton boycott those MP's who are "sucking up" to the tories by accepting their largesse? Probably not; read on:
Speaker Lockwood Smith, his wife, and four MPs - National's Melissa Lee, Labour junior whip Darien Fenton, Gareth Hughes from the Green Party and New Zealand First's Denis O'Rourke - will tour Britain, Croatia and Brussels for 14 days.Parliamentary Relations told APNZ the estimated budget is $158,000, of which $110,000 will be spent on business class airfares.