Parliamentary Perks .
There are many comments about the perks that the MPs get and despite
a full three-year term attack on such privileges by Rodney Hide
the self claimed perk buster from ACT , little has changed
The cost of Parliament
Do you know the costs for this circus are quite horrendous
- a circus because one session per week listening to Parliament
should be compulsory . For the year ending 1997 the costs were
- Index of topics
- Ordinary MPs' costs
- PM and Cabinet costs
- Full extent of perks
- Former MPs'perks
- MPs workload
For MPs without portfolio - the ordinary MP
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|Salaries & allowances ||10,414,000
|Communications || 3,610,000
|MPs & spouses travel || 5,817,000
|Secretarial services ||13,710,000
|Bellamys || 2,598,000
|Library services || 5,436,000
|Building & operation ||17,139,000
|Accounting costs || 404,000
|Electorate support ||1,691,000
|Party & members support || 5,929,000
|Subsidy to superannuation || 5,018,000
|less revenue third party Bellamys || 1,345,000
|Total for 100 MPs ||$70,421,000
For the Prime Minister & Cabinet
|Executive Council & Ministers || 3,606,000
|Travel internal & external || 7,970,000
|Transport services || 5,914,000
|Support services to Ministers ||24,839,000
|Advisors to PM & Cabinet ||18,976,000
|Total for 24 Cabinet members ||$67,305,000
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The full extent of PM perks .
The above just indicates the salaries and services that the MPs get
but as most of these costs are directly consumed by the MPs
they in effect supplement their income.
There is much talk about the level of remuneration paid to
our politicians especially by commentators who always seem to excuse
the poor performance of some of our MPs by the all embracing
philosophy that " If you pay peanuts you get monkeys " .
Do we really pay these people peanuts as they would have
But does our PM really get a mere $204,000 , our cabinet Ministers
$139,000 and the ordinary MP $80,000 - the figures using private
enterprise calculations for the full value of remuneration and its
cost to a private company reveal otherwise .
All are paid
- a constituency allowance of up to
- superannuation which is a provision of $1.33 for every $1.00 paid
by MP up to 8% of salary ,
- travel or day allowance of $6000
a night allowance of $8,000 ,
- expenses up to $7000 for ordinary
MPs , with Ministers more .
Add to this phone rentals , toll calls , phonecards , smartphone ,
cellphone , sky TV, internet access as a package for information
Also unlimited domestic travel averaging $8500 , taxi fares
averaging $6500 and international airfares 50% subsidy of $3500 ,
allowances for children travel $2300 with rail , ferry , bus
allowance of $240 hardly worth mentioning .
Finally to make life less stressful subsidised meals at Bellamy's
averaging $1000 , indoor car parking and indoor swimming pool
and gym $2600..
These various perks are determined by a Commission who is required
to consider the pay of similar private enterprise positions but just
how do you compare unlimited air travel , a 24 hr limousine service
, unlimited Cook Strait Ferry travel .
Putting all these together our PM total salary and perks $569,608 ,
Cabinet Ministers $456,028 - 468,028 and the ordinary MPs $147,884
which is quite different to the figures that
frequently quoted .
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Former MPs spouses perks .
The international travel expense for spouses of former MPs
increased to more than $400,000 . We must wonder why these spouses ,
and indeed the former MPs themselves , can enjoy this at taxpayers'
expense . The total international travel expenses for former MPs
and their spouses was $653,353 in 1996/97 and $794,965 in 1997/98 -
exactly why we should be supporting these ex MPs is beyond me but
you may think differently .
Certainly my previous employer
doesn't provide me with free travel and I doubt whether anyone
elses does .
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The workload for a three year term.
The Forty-fifth Parliament 1996-1999 had the following statistics.
- Days of meeting 221
- Hours of sitting 1768.48 including 540.98 hours beyond normal sitting hours.
- Bills passed 371
- Petitions presented and referred to select committees 2070
Reported back to the House 134
- Questions for oral answer 2625
- Questions for written answer 39,345
- Reports of select committees
- Presented to the House.
|Committee on Accident Insurance Bill ||1
|Committee on Local Government Bill ||1
|Committee on Local Producers ||3
|Education and Science ||98
|Electoral Law ||9
|Finance and Expenditure ||63
|Foreign affairs Defence and Trade ||67
|Government Administration ||95
|Internal affairs and Local Government ||82
|Justice and Law Reform ||96
|Maori Affairs ||17
|Officers of Parliament ||5
|Primary Production ||69
|Regulation Review ||28
|Social Services ||86
|Standing Orders ||2
|Transport and environment ||109.
Not much of a workload for three years is it not ?
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