MP Pay determination already showing problems with Public Sector model
29 SEPTEMBER 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Linking MP's pay to reflect public sector wage increases has seen MP's receive a 2.5% pay hike. Backbench MP's will now pocket an extra $4,000 per year.
Responding to the latest determination of the Remuneration Authority, Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says:
“The pay packets of the public sector have grown much more in the last 12 months, compared to wages in the private sector. Public sector wages are growing at 2.5%, while the private sector is stalling at 1.6%. This means that taxpayers have seen more taken from their pockets, and incredibly, MP's now being paid even more for it.”
“MP’s pay should be either linked to the opportunity cost of each MP giving up their previous jobs, or economic indicators, such as economic growth or average wage growth. Linking it to public sector pay, which MP's effectively determine, rips off the taxpayer, and sees the fox guarding the henhouse.”