MP’s Pay Reform A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing – Taxpayer’s Union

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Source: Taxpayers Union – Press Release/Statement:

Headline: MR: MPS’ PAY REFORM A WOLF IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING

10 MARCH 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Politicians are trying to pull the wool over New Zealand taxpayers in relation to MP pay reform, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. Figures show that had the proposed policy changes been in place since National came into office, MPs’ pay rises would have averaged 3.1% rather than the 1.7% that occurred. Taxpayers’ Union Spokesman, Ben Craven, says:

“John Key said he wanted to put a cap on MP pay inflation. In fact, the new model would have resulted in pay increases nearly twice the size of what MPs received in the last six years.”

“MPs’ pay shouldn’t be reformed late at night under Parliamentary urgency. We are calling on the Government to allow a Select Committee process and public input. In the meantime, a taxpayers’ representative should be appointed to the Remuneration Authority so this year’s 5.4% pay hike is not repeated.”

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ENQUIRIES:

Ben Craven
022 079 2788

NOTES TO EDITORS:

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is an independent activist group, dedicated to being the voice for Kiwi taxpayers in the corridors of power. It’s here to fight government waste and make sure New Zealanders get value for money from their tax dollar.

The Taxpayers’ Union operates a 24 hour media line for comment on taxpayer issues. Representatives are available on (04) 282 0302.

High resolution images and logos are available on request or online at http://www.taxpayers.org.nz/resources

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Selwyn Manning, BCS (Hons.) MCS (Hons.) is an investigative political journalist with 23 years media experience. He specializes in reportage and analysis of socioeconomics, politics, foreign affairs, and security/intelligence issues.
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