The Queensland Independent Compensation Tribunal awarded Annastacia Palaszczuk a 2 percent increase last September, followed by a 2.25 percent increase in March and another 2.5 percent increase in September this year, when her salary will reach $427,500 . NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet will receive $407,980.
The leader of the Victorian Greens, Samantha Ratnam, who was the only MP to submit to the Victorian Independent Remuneration Tribunal, called for a 1.5 percent cap on MPs’ pay raises.
“No more than a 1.5 percent pay increase is appropriate and consistent with the current Victorian government’s wage policy and the corporate bargaining framework,” Ratnam said in her entry.
“We believe it is unnecessary and unjust for MPs to receive pay increases in excess of those offered by the government to other public sector workers.”
She said the money should instead be diverted to allow crossbench MPs to hire more voters and expand their communications budgets.
MPs are given 2.5 full-time staff to do all of their work, including managing the office, responding to voters, supporting policy work and relaying news from MPs to the electorate.
“Communication is becoming an increasingly intensive task in the digital age, including monitoring and responding to various social media platforms, managing posts and comments, especially as we are often held accountable for ensuring that comments on our social media are shared by others. not defamatory or insulting people,” Ratnam argued.
†[These roles are] at least one full time job, if not much more – but we are obligated to fit them into 2.5″ [full-time equivalent] so we have to rely on part-time staff or on significant use of the electoral office and communications budget to attract additional staff. This is further problematic because such personnel can only be deployed occasionally.”
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