It is quite obvious that the money is not going to be expended in the coming months as no one is travelling because of Covid-19.
So, unless I am wrong, the money for Constituency Visits (from $170,200 up to $200,200) and MP Travel and Allowances (from $341,000 up to $541,000) was spent in the first nine months of the 2019/20 financial year (July 2019 - March 2020). So if the former clerk was sacked for allowing the new debating chamber to go over budget by $350,000 (from $300,000), can I ask as to whether anyone needs to go over the allowances and Civil List blowout in the Parliamentary Services budget?
Why didn’t Parliamentary Services put on a charter flight to Mangaia to pick up the two Opposition MPs for last week’s one-day Parliamentary sitting? Or would that have been a waste of money? I guess if an MP had to be picked up from the Northern group, it would not have been a problem to charter a jet aircraft. It is my understanding that the Speaker has the power to allow the Civil List and MP allowances to be subject to public scrutiny.
I just wonder if government is truly of the people, by the people and for the people?