8 Apr 2024

MPs need to stop turning down payrises - former cabinet minister

From Checkpoint, 5:17 pm on 8 April 2024

A former cabinet minister says MPs need to stop turning down payrises and take what they're offered.

It's been six and a half years since Members of parliament got a pay bump.

Jacinda Ardern instituted a pay freeze for MPs in 2018 and her cabinet voted to take a pay cut in 2020, during the pandemic.

Now the Remuneration Authority, which is independent, is due to deliver its latest verdict on MPs pay in the next couple of weeks.

Former Attorney General Chris Finlayson speaks to Lisa Owen.