All Queensland MPs deserve a payrise, says tribunal
AN INDEPENDENT tribunal believes state politicians should be paid more than $150,000 a year.
The Queensland Independent Remuneration Tribunal on Tuesday found the state had not kept up with what other states were paying politicians and recommended a 1.73% pay rise.
"As evidenced in the comparative analysis with other Australian jurisdictions, there is a case to justify increasing salaries for Queensland MPs. Specifically since July 2013 the base salary in Queensland has fallen in comparative terms," the report stated.
"However, the subsequent economic analysis would suggest that any increase on a forward looking basis be modest."
The increase would see the base salary for politicians rise from $148,848 to $151,425. Any additional salary for ministers, the opposition leader and the Premier will also increase by 1.73%.
The last time the tribunal recommended increasing politician's pay packets the parliament voted to roll back their pay to 2013 levels.
Health minister Anthony Lynham said the rise was "very fair" and Queenslanders should be happy with the decision.
"Politicians' pay rise of 1.7% is very fair. It's less than the public service pay rise which is 2.5%," he said.
"It's an independent tribunal that has determined this. It is a very fair decision by the independent tribunal."
Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg said the tribunal had recognised Queensland's weak economic position in recommending only a small increase.
"They have made a recommendation - reflected on the fact that Queensland has a worsening economic position and that should be considered when it comes to making a pay rise for politicians," he said.
The decision is backdated to September 2015.
- APN NEWSDESK