Lambie victorious as Abbott agrees to ADF pay increase
PRIME Minister Tony Abbott has agreed to give Australian soldiers a 2% pay rise, just a day after announcing 300 troops would be sent to Iraq to help train those on the front line against ISIS militants.
Mr Abbott and the government had earlier been pushing for servicemen and women to accept a 1.5% pay increase, which was below the annual inflation rate.
On Wednesday, Mr Abbott and Defence Minister Kevin Andrews released a joint statement saying that the work done by Australian troops "is unique and crucial to our nation and security".
"In making today's decision, the government has listened to the concerns of the defence community," the statement read.
"ADF personnel are trained and prepared to put their personal safety at risk in the interests of our nation and this should be recognised."
The backflip by the Abbott Government will be taken as a victory by independent Senator Jacqui Lambie who has long campaigned for a larger increase in defence personnel pay.