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Labor votes to reject politician pay rise

Labor state leader Annastacia Palaszczuk.

Labor state leader Annastacia Palaszczuk. Photo: Harrison Saragossi

The Queensland Labor Caucus has voted against supporting the politician pay rise set by the independent remuneration tribunal.

Instead, it is calling on the LNP to use its to majority “fix” the “mess”.

In a statement released after Friday's meeting, Opposition leader Annastacia Palaszczuk said Premier Campbell Newman needed to address the issue at the next cabinet meeting, by considering “urgent legislation to scrap this determination and ask the Tribunal to revisit its decision”.

“That legislation should contain Labor Party amendments to ensure increases reflect those for public sector employees under their core agreement,” she said.

“If the Newman Cabinet does not act on Monday, Labor MPs are committed to ensuring this money supports their communities and helps fight the LNP's cuts.”

Ms Palaszczuk was due to receive about an $80,000 pay rise due to her position as opposition leader, while salaries of the remaining seven Labor MPs were all due an increase because of their committee roles.

Standing premier Campbell Newman is in line for a $70,000 pay rise.

Earlier on Friday, Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie said interfering with the decision handed down by the tribunal on Thursday would impede its independence.

“It is not what I think, or whether I think it's worth it,” he said.

“The point is, the independent tribunal handed down the decision and the people will, in the next 12 months, be going to an election in March 2015 with our good policies and how our policies over the last two years have benefited the state of Queensland, turning the economy of Queensland around, paying down debt.

"That is the message we'll be giving for the next 12 months.

“Then the people ultimately will be the judge in March 2015.”

Cabinet will meet on Monday.

63 comments so far

  • Good, but lets see can't do and co match the offer, I'm guessing not

    Commenter
    we pay these idiots
    Location
    Runaway Bay
    Date and time
    March 28, 2014, 10:19PM
    • Guess who's not in government

      Commenter
      Bernie Gee
      Date and time
      March 28, 2014, 10:51PM
    • But they had a wage freeze in place when they were in government.

      Commenter
      cycloniq
      Date and time
      March 29, 2014, 7:16AM
    • 1. The ALP made the mess with their 'Wage Freeze'.in the first place

      2. No mention that after they 'oppose ' the increase , the ALP will actually accept the extra money in their paypacket .

      3. Bets anyone ?..

      The ALP.. definately show ponies ... NOT an alternate Government.

      Commenter
      Flying Spagetti Monster
      Location
      Around and above
      Date and time
      March 29, 2014, 2:47PM
    • Mr Newman's pay rise alone - $70,000 per annum is more than a maority of Australians earn in a year.

      It's about time the Renumeration Tribunal is abolished, and MP pay determined by the Fair Work Commission.

      Commenter
      David Arthur
      Location
      Queensland
      Date and time
      March 29, 2014, 2:57PM
  • Jarrod's happy to interfere with the judiciary, but not the people who write his checks. They're "independent".

    Commenter
    Raz
    Date and time
    March 28, 2014, 10:21PM
    • I think you will find they are called cheques or perhaps you think they are Czechs.

      Commenter
      Red
      Location
      Redcliffe
      Date and time
      March 28, 2014, 10:39PM
    • So you a firm believer in the light sentences being handed out lately are you? If so, get a life

      Commenter
      Bernie Gee
      Date and time
      March 28, 2014, 10:52PM
    • What could anybody have contributed over eight centuries of evolved jurisprudence that the One True Jarrod hasn't thought of? All legal wisdom resides therein.

      Commenter
      Shaslik
      Date and time
      March 28, 2014, 11:08PM
    • yes they are independent but who pays them and who selects the members

      Commenter
      max
      Location
      Qld
      Date and time
      March 29, 2014, 6:54AM

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