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A list of reports, articles, or published letters about parliamentary processes or parliamentarians.
Inquiry into decision by Hon Shane Jones to grant citizenship to Mr Yang Liu
March 2013: We found no evidence that there was any improper motive, collusion, or political interference in the decision to authorise citizenship for Mr Liu. However, we found reason to criticise most of those involved in different aspects of the decision-making process...
Inquiry into the use of parliamentary travel entitlements by Mr and Mrs Wong
September 2011: This report sets out our conclusions on our inquiry into the use of parliamentary travel entitlements by Mr and Mrs Wong, while Mrs Wong was a member of Parliament (MP)...
How the Department of Internal Affairs manages spending that could give personal benefit to Ministers
December 2010: This is the report of the second part of the Auditor-General's inquiry into certain types of expenditure in Vote Ministerial Services. Overall, we have concluded that the current system for providing support to Ministers has flaws at each of the levels we examined. The system functions but, cumulatively, the problems are significant...
Auditor-General's inquiry into certain types of expenditure in Vote Ministerial Services – Part 1
March 2010: First part of the Auditor-General's inquiry into certain types of expenditure in Vote Ministerial Services ­– the audit of expenditure incurred by Mr Phil Heatley’s ministerial office…
Auditor-General's decision on parliamentary and ministerial accommodation entitlements
October 2009: In September, the Auditor-General received some requests to inquire into the way parliamentary and ministerial accommodation entitlements are administered and how they have been applied in relation to Hon Bill English. We gathered extensive background information on the two systems for administering accommodation entitlements and analysed their application to individual circumstances, including those of Mr English...
Advertising expenditure incurred by the Parliamentary Service in the three months before the 2005 General Election
October 2006: In the three months before the General Election on 17 September 2005, the Auditor-General became concerned that electioneering material may have been paid for by the Parliamentary Service out of resources appropriated for MPs’ and parliamentary parties’ advertising...
Inquiry into funding arrangements for Green Party liaison roles
April 2006: This report sets out the outcome of our inquiry into the funding arrangements for the Green Party Ministerial liaison and relationship roles...
Government and parliamentary publicity and advertising
June 2005: Publicity and advertising are important activities for governments and parliamentary parties, which can legitimately be paid for with public funds. But at the same time such activities are inherently sensitive, and open to the risk of abuse...
Inquiry into Public Funding of Organisations Associated with Donna Awatere Huata MP
November 2003: In January 2003, Hon Richard Prebble MP, leader of the ACT New Zealand parliamentary party, asked the Auditor-General to inquire into certain allegations of financial impropriety involving one of his party’s list members, Donna Awatere Huata MP...
ACT Parliamentary Party Wellington - Out-Of-Parliament Offices
May 2003, letter to the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Parliamentary Salaries, Allowances and Other Entitlements
July 2001: The systems, policies, and procedures applying to salaries, allowances and other entitlements of MPs and Ministers have not always been guided by a clear set of principles or desired outcomes. We propose five principles to guide improvements to the current regime, and we present three possible options for change...
Members of Parliament: Accommodation allowances for living in Wellington
March 2001: This report examines the respective roles and responsibilities of the Higher Salaries Commission, the Parliamentary Service, and the Department of Internal Affairs in relation to accommodation entitlements; considers the specific cases of Marian Hobbs MP and Phillida Bunkle MP in relation to the Wellington accommodation allowance; and examines the circumstances in which a Ministerial residence was allocated to Ms Bunkle after her appointment as a Minister in 1999...
Third report for 1999: The accountability of Executive Government to Parliament
June 1999.
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