Throw another $15,000 into the pay so politicians can pay their Carbon Tax, now that is COOL and is soooo deserved, yeah?

It was not made evident that this 3% would begin 01/07/2012 of course, in fact this determination 2012/02 was made in March which gave them $185,000 minimum a year.  Determination 2012/15 was made in 19/06/2012 and ensured they got the 3% pay rise by 01/07/2012 .

When is too much enough ??? 

Determination 2012/02:
Members of Parliament – Base Salary and Related Matters
This Determination sets out the base salary for members of parliament and related matters.

PART 1 – GENERAL

1.1         Authority: This Determination is issued in accordance with subsections 7(1) and 7(1A) of the Remuneration Trib Act 1973.
1.2        Effective Date: This Determination takes effect on and from 15 March 2012.
1.3        Definitions: The following definitions apply in this Determination:

  • ‘base salary’ means parliamentary base salary as defined in the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973;
  • ‘member of parliament’ means a Member of the House of Representatives or a Senator.

PART 2 – PARLIAMENTARY BASE SALARY AND RELATED MATTERS

2.1         A member of parliament shall be paid a base salary of $185,000 per annum.
2.2         The portion of the base salary that is not parliamentary allowance for the purposes of the Parliamentary Contributory Superannuation Act 1948 is $38,620.
Signed this 12th day of March 2012

Determination 2012/15

The Tribunal has decided that the base pay of parliamentarians should be increased by the same percentage (i.e. 3%) as the Tribunal has determined for public offices in general as part of the 2012 annual remuneration adjustment. The increase will help to ensure that parliamentary pay does not lag behind in comparison to other public sector incomes.  The Tribunal has also decided to make a corresponding change to the portion of base salary that is not salary for superannuation purposes.  

Chapter 6 ‘Superannuation’ of the Tribunal’s 15 December 2011 report entitled Review of the Remuneration of Members of Parliament – Initial Report provides further information concerning this subject. It is available at: http://www.remtribunal.gov.au/statementsreports/MPs%20Report%2015.12.2011.pdf , this is now altered to $190,000 per year as per 2012/15.  Are we content to see this happening?  Are we happy our Government whose pay rises so far this year is above the minimum basic wage?  And this is a so called Government of the worker.  But wait there is more you see The portion of the base salary that is not parliamentary allowance for the purposes of the Parliamentary Contributory Superannuation Act 1948 is $38,620.  Now guess what…….

The application of the annual adjustment will increase parliamentary base salary from $185,000 to $190,550 per annum and the portion of that base salary which is not salary for superannuation purposes will increase from $38,620 to $39,770.

The date of effect of these changes is 1 July 2012.  This was Determination 2012/15  http://www.remtribunal.gov.au/statementsreports/2012/2012-15%20Det%20Statement%20of%20Reasons.pdf

Tony Abbott and his mob have not filled themselves with glory either, they snatch this money up without argument, in fact only The Greens Leader Christine Milne and Senator John Madigan from the DLP have spoken out against this outrageous pay rise claiming it is inappropriate and not needed.

The time has come for the Opposition to do the right thing, because as far as I am concerned neither the Government or Opposition have earned a bonus, and this additional 3% is a kick in the head for the average Australian.This pay rise they knew was coming, but it was kept quiet from the public knowing it would arouse Public outcry when people hear of it.  Then although it was introduced on 19 June 2012 not a word was spoken until after Parliament stopped sitting for their long break meaning it would take effect before any of them were sitting next. carefully avoiding ire and scrutiny.

The Tribunal decided that the base pay of parliamentarians should be increased by the same percentage (i.e. 3%) as the Tribunal has determined for public offices in general as part of the 2012 annual remuneration adjustment. The increase will help to ensure that parliamentary pay does not lag behind in comparison to other public sector incomes.  The Tribunal has also decided to make a corresponding change to the portion of base salary that is not salary for superannuation purposes.

Chapter 6 ‘Superannuation’ of the Tribunal’s 15 December 2011 report entitled Review of the Remuneration of Members of Parliament – Initial Report provides further information concerning this subject. It is available at:  http://www.remtribunal.gov.au/statementsreports/MPs%20Report%2015.12.2011.pdf

Yet again we see price increases a good percentage as a result of a tax we should not have, and many of us struggle to get through each day, but the Government, and I must say the Opposition are happy to see us suffer as long as they keep receiving handouts for having to do no more that attack each other over either Policies or a lack of them.

We are struggling with the cost of living and the PM has given herself pay rises of over $129,000 which is around twice the Average Australian Salary, so well done PM you just showed how big a failure you are even as a Labor leader.