Klipspringer: I'm curious though as to why people in NZ are always so secretive about the party they vote for and their salary?
We expect to know what our MP's earn, what gifts the mayor gets yet we want to remain secretive about our own salaries.
We want our members of state to live under a "Five Eyes" kind of lifestyle so that they can answer to us. We want to be able to know as much about their lives as possible. Lots of contradiction.
Of course we do. Public lives are "PUBLIC" because they have to be scrutinised. We NEED to know their earnings, their previous accumulation of money and property because no one wants a Prime Minister or President receiving bribes.
If we don't have this information how can we be sure the guy who started as a clerk making $25,000 and is now a MP driving a BMW around town didn't make his money by receiving bribes and giving benefits for private individuals and companies?
The other way around is not desirable because we don't want any undully power over citizens by members of an elite that should be there to serve, not to manipulate things.