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Expenses Rules `Treacherously Complicated' Says Hide

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Wellington, Feb 28 NZPA - The rules around MPs' expenses are "treacherously complicated" says ACT leader Rodney Hide.

Ministers are under media scrutiny over credit card charges and Mr Hide last year apologised for taking his partner on an overseas trip using the discount he gets as an MP.

Mr Hide, who made his name as a "perkbuster" repaid the money although he had not broken the rules.

"The rules are poor, the rules are treacherously poor," he said today on TV One's Q&A programme.

"We shouldn't be paid the way we are, we shouldn't have this (travel discount) as part of our salary package,"

Mr Hide said the discount was actually a salary deduction, but when MPs used it they were hounded by the media.

"I accepted, because I'd criticised that process, that I couldn't accept the entitlement," he said.

"I took it on the chin."

Whangarei MP Phil Heatley last week resigned from the cabinet because he wrongly spent money on his ministerial credit card and signed an inaccurate return which described bottles of wine as a dinner for himself and his wife.

More documents on ministerial spending, including the previous Labour government, are expected to be released this week.

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