Legal Beagle by Graeme Edgeler

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Legal Beagle: Last Minute Lobbying: MPs' Pay

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  • Graeme Edgeler,

    p.s. my best guess at the moment is that officials missed my submission on support for the families of recently-retired dead MPs, because it doesn't rate a mention in their advice, while they seem to take a position on everything else that I said (sometimes agreeing, sometimes not).

    Wellington, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 3215 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz,

    the penalty for bad MPs is that voters can punish them or their party at the next election

    Exactly. And an MP might have good reason to be AWOL. Some party might take up abstentionism and if their voters accept this, then maybe the MPs should be paid.

    Incidentally, is an MP appearing as a defendant considered reasonable grounds for absence?

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5550 posts Report Reply

  • Mikaere Curtis,

    One option is to set the increase to a function of the economy e.g. the median % wage/benefit increase of all workers/work seekers. This would provide for incentives to raise actual wages and benefits, rather than pursue (untaxed) capital gains-affirmative policies.

    Tamaki Makaurau • Since Nov 2006 • 528 posts Report Reply

  • Graham Dunster,

    Parliament? How about this - http://inthehouse.co.nz/node/21633

    Auckland • Since Nov 2009 • 184 posts Report Reply

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