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Labor rewards star economist Andrew Leigh MP (not)

By Masquara - 26 July 2016 3

ACT Labor candidate for the Senate David Smith, Labor Senator Katy Gallagher, Member for Canberra Gai Brodtmann and Member for Fenner Andrew Leigh.

Canberra’s best federal rep Andrew Leigh will  perform his shadow assistant minister duties on a backbencher’s salary … Leigh has been Labor’s most articulate performer besides Chris Bowen when it has come to commenting on economic matters.

The ABC have called on him at every turn. Because he doesn’t have faction heavyweights looking after him, and Shorten was bovver-boying over his factional mate Kim Carr,  Leigh has been gypped.

However, in a truly impressive interview in the media, he said that worrying about someone in the top one per cent pay rate, like him, dropping to the top two per cent was no biggie.

It does beg the question though – couldn’t one of his less high-performing shadow colleagues have copped it? Like, the one who has announced he is retiring at the next election and will never be a minister?

Pictured are ACT Labor candidate for the Senate David Smith, Senator Katy Gallagher, Member for Canberra Gai Brodtmann and Member for Fenner Andrew Leigh at the ALP’s election night function at the Press Club earlier this month. Photo: CHARLOTTE HARPER
 

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Labor rewards star economist Andrew Leigh MP (not)
bronal 7:18 pm 26 Jul 16

If the rest of the shadow front bench think he’s so good, why don’t they each kick in a bit of their own salaries to make up the shortfall?

Garfield 11:00 am 26 Jul 16

But if the shadow minister who’s going to retire at the next election drops back to a back bencher’s salary now, they’ll have a smaller pension to rely on in retirement, while Leigh still has plenty of time to bolster his taxpayer funded retirement income.

But seriously, factional games in any party keeping less competent people in top positions is a bad outcome for the voters, and could be part of the reason for the growing number of people seemingly looking for anyone other than a major party to vote for.

rosscoact 9:45 am 26 Jul 16

Well, Labor needs to be relevant and has three years to impress the electorate with their relevancy. Not off to a good start I would venture.

Kim Carr, not exactly one of the dream team

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