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Government Ministers too posh to fly Jetstar?

The Taxpayers’ Union can reveal that Ministers are not practicing what they preach in their apparent support for more competition in New Zealand’s skies. 

In August, Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Transport Minister Simon Bridges welcomed Jetstar’s expansion into the regions. But despite the apparent support, it appears than not a single minister took a Jetstar flight that month. Not even one.

While the Government crows about how Jetstar means better value for consumers, we asked for a breakdown of all taxpayer funded flights taken by Ministers that month. The data reveals that of the $74,503 spend on domestic flights in August alone, not one dollar was spent on the cheaper flights. 

Some would say that politicians prefer Koru lounges and canapés than roughing it for a short flight with the rest of us. Others might just prefer Ministers practiced what they preached. 

Flights charged in August for Ministerial domestic flights. Costs are GST exclusive.

Minister

Cost of Domestic flights
August 2015 ($)

Rt Hon John Key

2,207

Hon Bill English

3,302

Hon Gerry Brownlee

1,751

Hon Steven Joyce

3,705

Hon Paula Bennett

3,029

Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman

3,264

Hon Amy Adams

2,426

Hon Chris Finlayson

2,416

Hon Simon Bridges

3,595

Hon Hekia Parata

3,261

Hon Anne Tolley

3,316

Hon Dr Nick Smith

6,297

Hon Murray Mccully

731

Hon Nathan Guy

2,433

Hon Nikki Kaye

2,305

Hon Tim Groser

1,415

Hon Michael Woodhouse

3,172

Hon Todd Mcclay

2,776

Hon Peseta Sam Lotu-liga

2,601

Hon Maggie Barry

2,220

Hon Craig Foss

2,750

Hon Jo Goodhew

2,741

Hon Nicky Wagner

3,646

Hon Louise Upston

2,621

Hon Paul Goldsmith

1,955

Hon Te Ururoa Flavell

3,562

Hon Peter  Dunne

1,006


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