Local MLAs will receive a 6% boost to their salaries come July. The Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher, was clever to keep her opinions down key whilst being interviewed on 666 radio yesterday morning – saying she had given her input to the remuneration tribunal and believed in the process. She was careful not confirm or deny support for the rise, which is understandably going down a little hard given the swathes of Canberrans likely to lose their jobs in the next 12 months, let alone stand much hope of a negotiated a payrise.
There were some cuts included in the changes, including abolition of travel allowance for partners to accompany members on business trips and a reduction in the loading pay for the Deputy Leader of the Opposition (this will only come into effect wither at the start of the Ninth Assembly or when the current holder of office relinquishes the position).
What do you think? How does a 6% pay rise sit with you? Are they worth it? Should they be taking their financial medicine like everyone else?
(Report available at the ACT Govt website)