Parliamentary speaker Lockwood Smith has ruled out MPs releasing details of their expenses.
Apparantly, they are under too much scrutiny and releasing such material would damage their privacy.
MPs are our employees. We the people employ them and we should have the right to see how they spend our money.
Now, I recall David Farrar at Kiwiblog has said our expenses system is much less generous than that of Britain, so we should be spared the abuses MPs have been making over there.
I quite agree that our MPs are comnparatively better behaved, even if some interesting but legal abuses were also uncovered in Australia this week.
But it does beg the question, what are they hiding.
Surely the taxpayer has a right to know?
Hat tip: Kiwiblog