Thursday, October 22, 2009

Act leader confirms he will speak about his ministerial role for $45 a head

Rodney Hide has admitted charging $45 a head to hear him speak on local government is fine, but also admitted that ACT was also wrong to prominately advertise him as local government minister, particularly as local government officials were invited as they were interested in hearing what the minister had to say, not what "Act is up to".

Hide has now revealed why he is to talk about local government:
"They've asked me to speak about local government," he said. "That's what I do".
Hide is correct. It is what he does - but he does it as minister of local government, not as ACT party leader. As ACT party spokesperson on local government, he is just that: a spokesperson.

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Blogger Chris said...

Kate has thrown the rule book at Hide's detractors.

Not the moral code for revenue spongers, but the rule book...

The rule book also says that Hide has to pay for his flights, accommodation, meals and other incidentals while he's down there on Act business, but with careful manipulation of the intent of another part of the rule book, that can be charged to the taxpayer too.

October 22, 2009 at 2:41 PM  

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