happybaboon wrote:Does kind of suck. I want to know who the fuck this "renumeration authority" answers to. PM said "Don't give us a pay rise" and then they did anyway...... The fuck is that all about?
They should freeze MP's salaries at no more than 4x the mean national wage for the PM, 3x for cabinet ministers/leader of the opposition, and 2x for the backbenchers. That would be more than generous I reckon. And would give them a bloody good reason to actually do shit to increase everybodys wellbeing, rather than just that of their rich mates.
swtchbckr wrote:FUCKERS! Whole of public service under restructuring and pressure to keep costs down and not expect any increases in renumeration and these fat cat fucking poli's who are already earning plenty are now getting more!!!?????
double fucking standards. shoot the lot of them they dont actually do any good for the country.
Kipper wrote:1.4% is a lot when most people are being told there is no money for a pay rise this year (or last year come to that).
Also the rise has been backdated in a way that has been refused to others in the public service.
FLATULENTFRIEND wrote:I don’t begrudge them. It takes a lot of effort to be even a back bencher, they work hard and if they were doing what they do in the private sector its likely they’d be paid more.
happybaboon wrote:FLATULENTFRIEND wrote:I don’t begrudge them. It takes a lot of effort to be even a back bencher, they work hard and if they were doing what they do in the private sector its likely they’d be paid more.
Sorry, but being an MP shouldn't be about the money at all. I expect the most effective MPs are those who don't care much about the money, but are there because they believe in what they are doing.
Also, catman, suuuuuure, what are the chances of them ever getting a pay CUT though? I seriously doubt, even if the economy is in worse shape, that they'll get a cut next time it's assessed or in fact ever. What they need to do is tie their salaries to an indicator of economic performance - such as the average wage. If they improve shit for the country = their pay goes upsies, but if they make giant booboos or spend the whole time pandering to their rich mates then pay goes waaaay down.