In June this year Bazza O’Farrell severed the link between the salaries of state and federal backbench pollies – in the past the base salary of a NSW MP was aligned with a Federal MP minus $500.
So in 2011 those pollies in Macquarie Street are sitting on $139,544 as annual salary plus an electoral allowance, with only the hope of a capped 2.5% increase next time the Parliamentary Remuneration Tribunal considers salaries and allowances.
While down in Canberra……..
“FEDERAL MPs are set for a massive pay rise - taking a backbencher's salary close to $200,000 a year…..”
The new NSW Nats MP for Clarence is going to have to hustle hard for a lucrative parliamentary committee chair or two if he's to live in the style I hear his trouble n strife is expecting. He may actually have to work in the job, which might come as a bit of a shock to someone used to cruising on autopilot when he was in Clarence Valley local government.