23 Jan 2024

Public law expert on cutting funds for Office of the Clerk

From Morning Report, 8:22 am on 23 January 2024

A public law expert says the government could be undermining parliament's ability to hold it to account if it cuts the funding for the Office of the Clerk.

Newsroom is reporting the Minister of Finance has instructed the Clerk's office to make savings of 6.5 percent in the upcoming financial year.

It quotes an email from the Clerk of the House David Wilson to his staff, saying: "the proposed budget reduction will diminish the service we can provide in support of our Parliament.

I remain very concerned that the executive can effectively limit the work of the legislature by reducing its funding."

University of Otago law professor Andrew Geddis spoke to Ingrid Hipkiss.