The credit card records of the ex-Labour ministers are out. Phil Goff has made it clear that any money claimed outside the rules must be repaid and some wrongful claims were paid back at the time. The test the Auditor-General set after Phil Heatley’s bizarre resignation over $70 worth of wine is whether claims intentionally breach the rules.
The journos are understandably salivating but we’ll see how this stacks up compared to the more than $50,000 that it cost to assemble the credit card records (wondering why National released that figure? Because Mike Smith OIAed last week), the $209,000 of taxpayer Nick Smith took for the defamation suit he ended up settling just before it went to court, and the $10 million Murray McCully let Foreign Affairs spend on pools and refurbishments last year.