Another Mediaworks’ graceless hit job on ministers who have clearly been prudent

Mediaworks continue their graceless attacks against the government. The only thing they could find in the lastest release of expenditure is some expensive wine, which McCully paid back when he realised how much he’d been ripped off.

Foreign Minister Murray McCully decided an exorbitant wine bill in a Papua New Guinea hotel was too much for the taxpayers stomach so he dipped into his own pocket, records show.

The four bottles of Cloudy Bay chardonnay cost more than $700 when the minister hosted a working lunch for 10 people, including local high commission staff, in Port Moresby last year.

His unfortunate experience is recorded in the latest ministerial credit card expenses, released on Thursday.

“Note: reimbursement of $733 by Hon Murray McCully for alcohol costs,” the record reads.

The minister paid the bill for the meal and the wine, but decided the astronomical wine mark up would be too much for the taxpayers’ tab.

The Marlborough wine can be bought here for around $40 a bottle.

It’s irrelevant how much the wine costs in NZ…he wasn’t here when he bought it…he was in Papua New Guinea. He paid it back well before the expenses were due to be made public so it isn’t even a gotcha…this is transparent government and Mediaworks went all in on it.

They get worse though, smacking up Bill English by accusing him of hitting the minibar.

The records also reveal Finance Minister Bill English hit the hotel mini-bar when he went to Mexico.

Four times, each time to take out one non-alcoholic drink.

So he bought 4 non-alcoholic drinks and that is hitting the minibar?

This is?desperate stuff from Mediaworks, or Newshub, or whatever they are calling themselves this week.

And Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell knows a cheap place in Brisbane – he had lunch for $13.69.

Justice Minister Amy Adams staff had a problem when she visited Auckland and had to ask permission to go over budget.

“It is the same weekend as the Fleetwood Mac concert, Auckland is booked out… there are odd rooms available for $500 or $600,” an email says.

A motel room was booked for $350 and then cancelled.

Thursday’s releases show ministerial expenses for the last quarter of 2015 totalled $1,013,080 compared with $947, 222 the previous quarter.

If that is all they can find to write about then we really don’t have a problem with our government ministers.

It’s not like they had the misfortune of losing three suits in as many trips, like Clayton Cosgrove claimed when he was a minister.


– Newshub