Nummamorous – money-loving; devoted to making money.
I acknowledge that Ministers’ and MPs’ expenses are a matter of public interest – hence the moves made during this parliamentary term to provide more transparency on their expenditure.
“It is important that the regime for setting Ministers’ and MPs’ expenses has the public’s confidence,” says Mr Key.
“The Government accepts the Law Commission’s recommendation that having Ministers’ and MPs’ expenses determined by an independent body will better ensure public confidence. Accordingly, it is the Government’s intention to accept the broad thrust of the recommendation to move decision-making regarding remaining MP and Ministerial expenses to an enhanced Remuneration Authority.”
Mr Key says prior to introducing legislation to Parliament, the Government will consult with the Speaker and other parliamentary parties on the detail of the Law Commission’s recommendation, such as the make-up of the enhanced Remuneration Authority and the specific matters to be handed over.
“In making this change, it will be important to ensure that the needs of Ministers and MPs to carry out their responsibilities continue to be met,” says Mr Key.
“Cabinet will consider the timing of the new legislation early in the new year, but it is my intention that it will be passed before the end of 2011. . .
This is sensible for both MPs and the public.
MPs can not take a disinterested view on their own allowances and the public has a right to know how public money is used.
Looking at what we lost when John Clarke crossed the Tasman occupied Jim Mora and me on our chat about on-line matters on Critical Mass today.
Clarke and Brian Dawe have a satirical look at events in Australia each week, transcripts and videos of which are posted on the ABC’s website.
Next stop on our journey through the internet was The Truth About Santa Claus at Stoatspring – a delightful recounting of a six-year-old’s learning experience.
Then, thanks to a tip from a listener/reader in response to last Tuesday’s reference to Simon Heffer’s style notes we moved on to Media Monkey at the Guardian which showed that for want of an A a temper was lost. (If you’re offended by bad language you might be better not to go there).
The usual peace of my morning constitutional was disturbed by the sound of a siren.
From my vantage point three quarters of the way up a hill I was able to watch a police car speed into the township, past the turnoff which would have taken it up to our road, and head further inland.
A few minutes later another siren heralded another police car and an ambulance. That was followed by a third police car.
As I was going back down the hill about 20 minutes later I saw the ambulance heading back to town at a sedate speed which suggested either no-one needed urgent help or everybody was beyond it.
The grapevine tells me it was the former – an altercation between a car and a truck had, thankfully, resulted in only minor injuries.
I could just about feel sorry for Phil Goff.
The morning he’s making his last big speech of the year someone leaks a letter expressing no confidence in him to Kiwiblog.
Then he has a Freudian slip in his speech, confusing the current Finance Spokesman David Cunliffe with former Finance Minister David Caygill. The irony is, as Keeping Stock, points out just as Goff is trying to paint a vision for the future he reminds us of the past.
He promised a bang and delivered a whimper.
When the economy is still in a fragile state there’s no room for big spending promises and he didn’t make any. But nor did he say anything else that’s likely to get anyone talking excitedly about him and his party around their barbeques this summer.
If you haven’t time to read the full speech, Not PC has an abridged version.
On December 7:
521 Saint Columba, Irish Christian missionary to Scotland, was born.
43 BC – Marcus Tullius Cicero was assassinated.
1724 – Tumult of Thorn – religious unrest is followed by the execution of nine Protestant citizens and the mayor of Thorn (Toruń) by Polish authorities.
1732 – The Royal Opera House opened at Covent Garden.
1776 – Marquis de Lafayette attempted to enter the American military as a major general.
1860 – Joseph Cook, 6th Prime Minister of Australia, was born (d. 1947).
1862 – US Civil War: Battle of Prairie Grove, Arkansas.
1863 Richard Sears, American department store founder, was born (d. 1914).
1869 – American outlaw Jesse James committed his first confirmed bank robbery in Gallatin, Missouri.
1888 Joyce Cary, Irish author, was born (d. 1957).
1921 Pramukh Swami Maharaj, Indian spiritual leader, was born.
1923 Ted Knight, American actor, was born.
1928 Noam Chomsky, American linguist and political writer was born.
1930 W1XAV in Boston, Massachusetts broadcast video from the CBS radio orchestra program, The Fox Trappers. The broadcast included the first television commercial in the United States, an advertisement for I.J. Fox Furriers, who sponsored the radio show.
1936 – Australian cricketer Jack Fingleton became the first player to score centuries in four consecutive Test innings.
1941 Attack on Pearl Harbor – The Japanese Navy attacked the US Pacific Fleet and its defending Army Air Forces and Marine air forces at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
1946 – A fire at the Winecoff Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia killed 119 people, the deadliest hotel fire in U.S. history.
1962 Prince Rainier III of Monaco revised the principality’s constitution, devolving some of his power to advisory and legislative councils.
1963 The Bassett Road machine gun murders took place.
1975 Indonesia invaded East Timor.
1983 – An Iberia Airlines Boeing 727 collided with an Aviaco DC-9 in dense fog while the two airliners are taxiing down the runway at Madrid Barajas International Airport, killing 93 people.
1987 – Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 1771 crashed near Paso Robles, California, killing all 43 on board, after a disgruntled passenger shot his ex-boss travelling on the flight, then shot both pilots and himself.
1987 – Alianza Lima air disaster. A plane crashed killing all Alianza Lima team in Ventanilla, Callao, Peru.
1988 – Spitak Earthquake: In Armenia an earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale killed nearly 25,000, injures 15,000 and leaves 400,000 homeless.
1988 Yasser Arafat recognised the right of Israel to exist.
1995 The Galileo spacecraft arrives at Jupiter, a little more than six years after it was launched by Space Shuttle Atlantis during Mission STS-34.
2003 – The Conservative Party of Canada was officially recognized after the merger of the Canadian Alliance and Progressive Conservative Party of Canada.
2005 – Rigoberto Alpizar, a passenger on American Airlines Flight 924 who allegedly claimed to have a bomb, was shot and killed by a team of U.S. federal air marshals at Miami International Airport.
2006 – A tornado struck Kensal Green, North West London, seriously damaging about 150 properties.
2007 – The Hebei Spirit oil spill began in South Korea after a crane barge that had broken free from a tug collided with the Very Large Crude Carrier, Hebei Spirit.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.