Taxpayers' Union Response to MP Claudette Hauiti charging Australian holiday to the taxpayers.
National MP charged Australia holiday to taxpayers The New Zealand Herald - 16/07/2014
National Party MP Claudette Hauiti has given up her parliamentary charge card after she used it to pay for a personal trip to Australia.
Ms Hauiti entered Parliament in May 2013, replacing disgraced list MP Aaron Gilmore.
Taxpayers' Union Executive Director Jordan Williams said workers have been sacked for similar offences.
"If an employee charged a trip to Australia on the staff card, they would be sacked. How can someone be trusted to run the country when they can't be trusted with the plastic?"
Earlier this year Ms Hauiti was caught out breaking Parliament's rules by employing her civil union spouse in her electorate office.
"This is not the first time that Claudette Hauiti has played fast and loose with taxpayer money. Although she replaced Aaron Gilmore, she should be setting a higher standard.
"Rather than cover-up MPs' actions, Parliamentary Services should let the public be the judge of how MPs are spending taxpayer money. We are calling on Parliamentary Services to disclose the full details of all MP misspending."
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