The Herald reports:
The cost of the Government’s Criminal Justice Summit has inflated to over $1.6 million and numbers reveal nearly $1m was spent on consultants alone.
Justice Minister Andrew Little originally planned for the two-day summit to cost $700,000 but figures from last month’s event highlight a major blowout.
Happens when you spend other people’s money.
But wait until you see the details.
“The breakdown of costs from the summit show the final bill included $970,660 on consultants, $26,592 on an MC, $65,800 on gourmet catering and $101,528 on international speakers, the total was $1.625 million.
$27,000 on an MC. Are you kidding me. Did they hire Oprah?
But Little was “satisfied” with the cost of the summit.
“It was a two-day summit. It was several hundred people,” he said.
That’s $800,000 per day. I’ve organised many many conferences. That level of spending is hugely extravagant. It was almost $3,000 per participant.