Nothing in this world pains me more than admitting that Michael Laws has said something worth listening to. Fortunately, it's not an admission I have to make very often.
In this opinion piece, How MPS rort a nation, Laws alleges a range of abuses of parliamentarians' ability to claim expenses. He particularly challenges what he sees as the perks gained by MPs' spouses.
I think it's important to avoid a knee-jerk reaction on this one. In principle, I don't have a problem with MPs being supported to keep their family lives together. They work long hours, spend a lot of time away from home, and probably get to spend far less time with their loved ones than they would like. (Of course, this also describes the situation of many workers in humbler roles.)
So where does the taxpayer's responsibility to support MPs' private lives begin and end, and what sort of accountability should the taxpayer expect in return?