Queensland Premier Campbell Newman.
Queensland Premier Campbell Newman. David Stuart

Campbell Newman gets pay rise to $379,160

QUEENSLAND pollies have been afforded generous pay rises after the Independent Remuneration Tribunal released its latest findings.

The Queensland Government established the tribunal last year, in the wake of the public outcry, after it was revealed MPs stood to receive a 42% pay rise under legislation which stated their remuneration must be in line with their federal counterparts.

Chairman Professor Tim Brailsford revealed on today Premier Campbell Newman's total remuneration package will be set at $379,160, which includes a base salary of $148,848 and an additional salary of $230,312 - still one of the lowest in the nation when compared to other states.

Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk will also receive a $80,000 pay rise taking her total remuneration from $230,602 to $310,347 per year.

Mr Brailsford said in his report the Premier's remuneration package was justified because his current salary was at the lower end of the spectrum when compared to chief executives in the private sector who oversee companies which have a similar turnover as the state of Queensland.

He said those chief executives would be afforded remuneration packages about $7.8 million.

"The tribunal is of the view that the additional salary of the Premier, as the most senior office holder, should be set as the highest additional salary with the subsequent relativities of the additional salary of other office holders determined relative to that benchmark," he said.

Other office holders who will see a substantial increase in their remuneration packages include ministers, assistant ministers, the speaker, the deputy-speaker and the opposition leader and other senior government and opposition office bearers.

Mr Brailsford justified the increase in his report, saying office bearers generally had a larger workload than backbenchers.

"Over time, various offices have been established as needed and provided with an additional salary," he said.

"It has consistently been recognised that office holders have a greater level of responsibility and workload than that of a backbench MP and should be compensated accordingly."

However, Mr Brailsford said all additional allowances associated with office holders would be abolished thereby providing greater transparency and consistency with the principle that allowances are not to be regarded as a de-facto salary.

Queensland MPs who sit on one of the eight parliamentary committees have also been afforded an additional pay rise of $23,071 on top of their $148,848 base salary.

The tribunal announced last year MPs would receive a base salary increase of just below 9%, bringing their base salary to $148,848, which worked out to be an $11,699 raise on their previous salary of $137,139.



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