Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk Kevin Farmer

Queensland cabinet rejects pay rise

QUEENSLAND state MPs will not be receiving a 2.58% increase in pay after Labor ministers rejected the extra pay at yesterday's Cabinet meeting.

Last week the Queensland Independent Remuneration Tribunal increased MPs' base pay from $148,848 to $152,688.

But yesterday Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said ministers had voted to reject this, saying they were committed to stand by their election promise of only accepting increases that were in line with public servants.

"We will be linking the salaries in future to public sector increases, which are done at the end of the year," Ms Palaszczuk said.

"MPs will not be taking this pay rise."

She also said they would have to introduce new legislation to officially reject this pay increase.

Cabinet also decided that the first piece of legislation the Labor government would introduce would be to lower the political donation reporting threshold from $12,800 to $1000.

"No more will there be secrecy in political donations," Ms Palaszczuk said.

She also said it would now be up to the LNP to show whether it would support changes for more transparency and accountability.

Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg said the LNP would wait to see the details to be presented in parliament.

"This is a political get-square from the Labor Party. There is no doubt about that," he said.

Mr Springborg said the LNP would always comply with the law but that it was unclear what the new law would be.

One of the requirements for the new legislation will be for political donations of $1000 or more, dating back to November 21, 2013, to be disclosed.

Ms Palaszczuk said it would be up to the LNP to show if it kept receipts.

Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath said the legislation made provisions for when a party could not produce certain receipts.

But she said this should not be an "out" for the LNP.

"All political parties will be required to report in the next reporting period any disclosure of donations, $1000 or more, for the period from 2013 through to the enactment of this legislation," she said.

This new legislation will be presented to parliament in the first week and then go through a parliamentary committee process.

The Labor Government will advertise the chairman position for the new Crime and Corruption Commission this week.

It has also committed to abolishing the voter ID laws.

- APN NEWSDESK



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