Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk breaks down on her pre-election pay hike promise
Annastacia Palaszczuk agreed to a pay rise after she had previously called for salary increases for politicians to be suspended during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Queensland Independent Compensation Tribunal ruled on Monday that the Queensland Premier’s salary should drop from $ 399,955 to $ 427,561.
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The move will make Palaszczuk the second highest-paid prime minister in Australia, behind Daniel Andrews of Victoria, who raises $ 441,439 each year.
Premier of New South Wales Gladys Berejiklian earns $ 407,980, Steven Marshall of South Australia with $ 374,648, Premier of Western Australia Mark McGowan earns $ 355,681 and chief of Tasmania Peter Gutwein pockets $ 301,397.
Queensland MPs will also receive three salary increases, starting with a 2% increase on September 1, 2021, 2.25% on March 1, 2022 and 2.5% from September 1, 2022.
The raise will amount to an additional $ 7,801 per year for a backbencher with a base salary of $ 159,122.
It comes after Palaszczuk wrote to the court ahead of last year’s national elections, asking it to “halt” salary increases for politicians for the duration of the pandemic.
Asked about her decision to accept a pay rise when wages stagnated in the private sector, Palaszczuk reportedly replied by saying: “This is a matter for the remuneration tribunal”.
“We had the pay freeze and it’s nothing more than what the civil service gets paid, in fact it’s less,” she said, according to The Australian.
The Queensland Independent Compensation Tribunal said it had decided to give politicians a pay rise due to the strong economy.
“While the economic forecast and outlook remains uncertain due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it appears that the economy is rebounding and the outlook is more positive than at the height of the pandemic in 2020 when salary levels of members were last examined by the court, ”he explained.