Should MPs be getting a free trip to the RWC?

  • 23/07/2015
Should MPs be getting a free trip to the RWC?

A group of nine MPs have been granted leave in September to go on a corporate-sponsored junket to the Rugby World Cup in the UK.

Some of them will play for the Parliamentary rugby team while they're there, with ANZ and Air New Zealand picking up the tabs for the major costs.

The Green Party's questioning whether this is effectively another cash-for-access situation.

Co-leader Metiria Turei this morning joined Paul Henry to discuss what she thinks is wrong with the junket.

"I think there is a privilege access issue by corporate lobbyists," says Ms Turei. "This is clearly a personal trip and is not really Parliamentary business – they are going to the World Cup and they can getting corporate entities to pay for it."

Watch the video for the full interview.

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