There appears to have been a major blunder in legislation aimed at reforming the way MPs are paid.

Parliament had been expected last night to debate under urgency a Bill that would link MP pay increases to those offered to public servants.

The Government’s blaming technical difficulties for the Bill not making it before the House, but our political staff have been told it’s more significant than that.

Apparently an error in the drafting of the legislation would have seen MPs get an even bigger payrise than the one just allocated to them by the Remuneration Authority.

It remains unclear if the Bill will go before Parliament today.

Measure twice, cut once.


– Felix Marwick, Newstalk ZB