Not widely reported

March 6th, 2012 at 9:22 am by David Farrar

Remember all the demonisation of the Speaker over the Mathers funding situation. The Herald reports:

Speaker of the House has been criticised for his decision not to grant funding for Ms Mathers, but he has said he does not have the authority to approve it.

The matter will be discussed by the Parliamentary Service Commission – made up of senior MPs from all parties – tomorrow night.

A spokeswoman for Dr Smith – who has been paying for the service from his parliamentary budget while the matter is being debated – said he had “some options to offer”.

So Lockwood has been using his own private budget to cover it. Hardly the person the Greens portrayed.

Greens co-leader Metiria Turei said her party had received advice from a law firm on whether the money should come out of the support budget all MPs receive, or from that which supports the overall operation of Parliament.

I wonder how many hours of recording could have been paid for, by now hiring lawyers?

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20 Responses to “Not widely reported”

  1. Will de Cleene (485 comments) says:

    Call me quaint, but what’s wrong with lawmakers getting legal advice? But good on magnanimous Mr Speaker. He still doesn’t get it, but at least he’s giving Ms Mathers the benefit of the doubt in the meantime. Which is an ever decreasing principle in the justice realm these days.

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  2. East Wellington Superhero (1,151 comments) says:

    Dirty old Greens. Well knock me over with a feather.

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  3. alex Masterley (1,507 comments) says:

    Not widely reported?
    Don’t you mean not reported at all.
    You would have thought that having made such a song and dance about the issue whatsherface the the green deaf mp would have acknowledged the Speaker’s action and thanked him for it?
    She and the greens have gone down, if that were possible, in my estimation.

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  4. Nick R (505 comments) says:

    It doesn’t surprise me at all that the Speaker would do something like this. I was appalled by the Greens’ attack on him. It would have been fair enough to criticize the delay in resolving the issue, but the attack was out of order.

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  5. eszett (2,392 comments) says:

    Yes, how dare the greens get legal advice! That’s totally unheard of, totally unreasonable.

    I am surprised you didn’t ask how many hip operations could be paid by all this legal tussle.

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  6. Lipo (229 comments) says:

    “So Lockwood has been using his own private budget to cover it”
    Well big deal
    You are giving him brownie points for dipping into is taxpayer trough to pay the expense that will end up being paid back anyway

    It would get headlines if he used is own money to fund it and not the taxpayers.

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  7. Don the Kiwi (1,684 comments) says:

    Lipo.

    Your criticism of Lockwood-Smith could, and should more appropriately – apply to the Greens, who deliberately delayed application for funds, just to grandstand.

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  8. Bevan (3,965 comments) says:

    It would get headlines if he used is own money to fund it and not the taxpayers.

    WTF? How about you go to work today and tell your boss the receptionist needs a better computer to do her job, but not to worry – you’ll pay for it out of your own wages.

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  9. Lipo (229 comments) says:

    Don

    It was not a criticism of Lockwood but a criticism of David F for saying how generous Lockwood was while spending other peoples money

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  10. Chthoniid (2,029 comments) says:

    @alex Masterley

    Not widely reported?
    Don’t you mean not reported at all.
    You would have thought that having made such a song and dance about the issue whatsherface the the green deaf mp would have acknowledged the Speaker’s action and thanked him for it?

    ^
    Well said

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  11. Pete George (23,426 comments) says:

    @alex Masterley

    Not if the motive was Green good, Government bad.

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  12. Fletch (6,243 comments) says:

    I have nothing against people with disabilities working in whatever job they want, but wouldn’t they usually have devices or aids themselves needed to do whatever they have to? I am sure the workplace does not usually provide such, apart from the wheelchair ramps and hearing induction loops required in most modern public venues.

    I really don’t see why parliament should be funding this. I would say the same, no matter what party the person was from.

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  13. willtruth (245 comments) says:

    I agree with Lipo. He did not use “his own private budget”. He used the parliamentary budget. It’s the taxpayers money. It is not private money it is public money.

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  14. tvb (4,318 comments) says:

    The Greens are given a Parliamentary allowance to provide support for their MPs but they REFUSE to provide support for their own deaf MP. Instead they have used political pressure to get funding support from other MPs including the Speaker.

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  15. kowtow (8,168 comments) says:

    Not widely reported?

    Of course not. The so called MSM has become a green propaganda exercise.

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  16. dubya (228 comments) says:

    About time we made MPs contractors with a fixed hourly rate, from which they can cover their own expenses. This Government is meant to be advocates for User Pays – so let’s set an example within Parliament. If the Greens don’t like it, try having some less nutty policies, and take winning electorate seats seriously, so you can be become part of Government and advocate for your bottomless pit of taxpayer funded dalliances.

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  17. dime (9,799 comments) says:

    the anarchist wants her state provided money. the anarchist that sits in the house under strict rules..

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  18. RRM (9,770 comments) says:

    For the benefit of those among us who are not very au fait with how the parliamentary machine operates…

    …what else would the Speaker of the House normally spend his own parliamentary budget on?

    [DPF: Staff, Office Expenses, OOP Office, Postage, Pohotcopying]

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  19. Paulus (2,597 comments) says:

    kowtow

    The media are a Winston Party supporter really – not entirely a Greenpeace Party though.

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  20. Steve (4,540 comments) says:

    Lipo@10.18
    “You are giving him brownie points for dipping into is taxpayer trough to pay the expense that will end up being paid back anyway

    It would get headlines if he used is own money to fund it and not the taxpayers.”

    You should have a little talk with Trevor, when did he fund anything from his arse pocket? TradeMe is the way to go

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