Phil Goff has announced:
Shane Jones repeatedly misused his ministerial credit card and this requires a clear sanction.
He will lose his front bench position and the two major portfolio responsibilities he holds. …
Chris Carter also wrongly used his card on several occasions over six years as a Minister on things outside the rules for Ministerial expenditure. He has now repaid the money.
These items by themselves would not warrant removal from the Foreign Affairs portfolio. However there has been public controversy around the frequency and cost of Chris’ travel as a Minister accompanied by his partner which damages his ability to continue in this portfolio.
Chris has lost the portfolio and his front bench seat and will sit on the second bench. Given the importance he attached to his portfolio this will be a severe sanction for him. …
Mita Ririnui wrongly used his Government credit card to purchase golf clubs and a bike. These are clearly personal items, involving significant expenditure and occurred on two occasions.
He did not do so with any dishonest intent and reimbursed Ministerial Services for that expenditure at the time.
However it was clearly outside the rules and he should have been aware of that and showed poor judgement.
As a result he will lose his shadow portfolio responsibilities for forestry.
I can’t complain about Goff’s decisions – mind you he had little choice after his attacks on Heatley over $70 of wine. But well done to him for taking some action.
The outcome is a bit unusual now. Carter is MP for Te Atatu and still has electorate duties. He also retains Spokesperson for Ethnic Affairs.
However Shane Jones and Mita Ririnui now hold no portfolio at all, and are List MPs. One has to seriously ask what value they will bring to the taxpayer, sitting there for 18 months with no portfolio responsibilities, and no electorate. Their sole responsibility will be to attend their select committees, yet get paid the same as they are getting paid today. It is a political demotion, but not a financial demotion.
We’ll find out tomorrow who gets promoted.Tags: Chris Carter, Labour, Mita Ririnui, MPs expenses, Phil Goff, Shane Jones