With the current state of the South African economy and public finances, the Parliamentary Budget Office could play a major role in ensuring that this happens. But the office is in complete disarray
Indonesia needs to follow the example of many other countries and have a legislative budget office. It would consist of economists that advice government on budgets.
Malcolm Turnbull has announced major changes to the parliamentary entitlements system, modelled on the UK's system of vetting MPs' expenses.
Unlike most occupations, MPs are not obliged to take part in any education and training programs to prepare them for their role.