Labour leader Phil Goff still owns a property in Wellington despite saying he would sell it when it was revealed he was claiming a Parliamentary allowance as well as collecting rent.
In a statement this afternoon, Goff said media had been asking questions about the property.
He said his arrangements were within Parliamentary rules and that he was not 'rorting the system'.
Cabinet Minister Gerry Brownlee told TV3 that Mr Goff had taken a hard-line on accommodation allowances.
"He's got a bit to explain."In his defence Goff says that he has been exploring the options of selling or renting.
But if (as the article claims) Goff claimed he would sell the house, why hasn't he even put the place on the market? How can he hope to claim the moral high ground on MPs' housing allowances when he claims an allowance while owning a property in Wellington?
You would think that senior MPs would have learned by now that every expense they claim will be scrutinised. Did Goff really think nobody would notice or care?
It doesn't matter whether Goff's expenses are within the rules, or that much of the noise around expenses is just media froth. When you're being beaten up daily in the press, why would you hand your attackers another club?