TV3 is still going on about the extra staff member for larger electorates because the funding covers not just wages but office costs too.
Well of course it does. If you have another electorate agent in a large electorate s/he needs a base, phone and computer to do the job.
Like Tracy Watkins they still don’t get it.
As Macdoctor says:
This is money being spent on grassroots government, rather than policy think-tanks. This is money spent on public access to government rather than ministerial Limos.
The money is to help MPs service their impossibly large electorates and the biggest benefit is to the public not the politicians.
Maybe the reporters should leave Wellington and see for themselves just how difficult it is for people in the provinces to see an MP whose duties are spread over tens of thousands of square kilometres.