Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Why Parliament should be subject to the OIA

Last year, Speaker of the House Margaret Wilson called for Parliament to be subject to the Official Information Act. Today, we have a perfect example of why it should be: Tommy Gear. What does he do? Nobody knows. But he gets a Parliamentary Services salary of $50,000 a year for it.

This is a basic question of accountability for the use of public money, but the public has no right to know. That stinks. And its high time we did something about it, by opening Parliamentary Services to proper public scrutiny.