Which minister spent most on international travel?

Photoshopped image Pixy. Thanks to WH and Cadae for figures.

Answer: Climate change minister, James Shaw.

It is the sheer hypocrisy of socialists that gets me every time. Greens like Shaw and Marama Davidson must really hate the fact that their travel expenditure is made public as, after all, why do the great unwashed have any right to know what they get up to? Sadly for them, we do and if the climate change minister constantly has his nose rubbed in the matter of his travel expenditure, he really has only himself to blame. This surely must dent his credibility even among his own supporters. quote.

Green Party co-leader and Climate Change Minister James Shaw spent the most of any government minister on international travel in the last quarter, according to expenses released today.

Shaw’s $73,771 Cabinet-approved travel between October 1 and December 31 last year eclipsed Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s $54,487 and Foreign Minister Winston Peters’ $49,378. end quote.

So even the prime minister spent less on international travel than the climate change minister. Of course, he is going around the world on climate change conferences, adding chronically to carbon emissions as he goes. quote.

The Greens’ three ministers and under-secretary spent a total of $121,194 on international travel, $22,948 on domestic air travel, and $18,639 on surface travel. That figure includes VIP transport and the travel of their spouses and staff.

Shaw travelled to Europe in the last quarter for climate change events.

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Of course, these people who believe so fervently in climate change are completely unable to host a conference by web connections such as Skype or similar. Wouldn’t it show a greater commitment to their cause if they actually did this? But no… that would spoil the fun.

Needless to say, the holier-than-thou Mr Shaw, along with his other sanctimonious Green ministers, has full justification for his excessive travel costs. As always, it is perfectly all right if they do it. quote.

Green Party co-leader James Shaw has defended his high international travel expenses, explaining it’s offset by planting trees. 

When asked to justify the expenses, Mr Shaw told Magic Talk on Friday the Green Party offsets all travel through tree-planting, something he said he’d “recommend people do”. 

“Those programmes have to be verified and part of the verification process is that the tree planted has to be additional to what’s already being planted. We do that through a programme that’s run by Enviro-Mark.”

“I am carbon neutral. But, the best thing to do would be to reduce emissions – that’s the main thing you’ve got to do. You can’t just buy your way out of trouble with offsets,” Mr Shaw said. 

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Can you believe the sanctimonious hypocrisy of this man? Only he, and his fellow Greens, know how to become carbon neutral. Everyone else is doing it wrong. quote.

“The Climate Change portfolio is actually a foreign affairs portfolio in part, because it turns out climate change is a global problem and we’ve got to spend a lot of time working with people in other countries, so yes I do travel as part of my job.” end quote.

You and your climate change alarmist friends couldn’t send e-mails, James, or use teleconferencing? You have to keep meeting up in person to slap each other on the back and tell yourselves what a wonderful job of saving the planet you are doing? quote.

Mr Shaw explained earlier on Friday that his international travel expenses were high because he attended multiple international events during that time on climate change, including the Katowice Climate Change Conference in Poland. 

“I understand that as Climate Change Minister, I have to weigh up the value of my travel. These events last year were significant international climate change conferences. They allow us to put New Zealand’s case to the international community,” he said. 

Newshub. end quote.

At 0.2% of emissions, which our climate change minister is significantly increasing, New Zealand does not have much of a case to answer. We would have even less of a case to answer if people like James Shaw stayed home.

I agree with Shaw in that, if climate change is real, then we cannot simply buy our way out of trouble, like so many wealthy people are seen to do; but Shaw’s position is equally sanctimonious. You can’t just plant a few trees to offset jet-setting around the world either, as those emissions are happening now, while any benefit from the newly planted trees is years away. However, we all know how it goes with socialists. They can travel as far and wide as they want, but no one else is allowed. This is just another example of a sanctimonious leftie saying – “Do as I say, not as I do”. The world is full of them.