Key calls for committee on MPs' expenses

Key calls for committee on MPs’ expensesPrime Minister John Key is calling for a cross-party committee to examine ways of creating greater transparency of MPs expenses. Mr Key said he would write to Speaker Lockwood Smith today suggesting the committee be established. The… [NZ Herald Politics]

Good to see John Key is moving to head off the troughing scandal currently enveloping MPs in the UK.

Perhaps the simplest way to have some transparency is to open Parliamentary Services up to the OIA. Currently Parliament has excluded scrutiny through this mechanism. Each time the issue comes up it gets scotched by MPs interested in self preservation.

This is a sign that the public doesn’t trust its MPs and so something needs to be done to sort that out.