State member for Bundamba Jo Ann Miller with Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk. Photo: Contributed
State member for Bundamba Jo Ann Miller with Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk. Photo: Contributed Contributed

Palaszczuk locks politician pay rises to public service

PREMIER Annastacia Palaszczuk has taken the first step to tie Queensland MPs' salary increases to general public servant increases, honouring an election promise.

On Wednesday she wrote to Queensland's Independent Remuneration Tribunal, informing chair Bond University Professor Tim Brailsford she would soon introduce legislation to link MPs salary increases to the general public service increase.

She plans to make this salary increase retrospective, before a decision of the tribunal.

The previous government awarded an average 2.2 per cent public sector wage increase in 2014, with lowest-paid public servants receiving an extra three per cent "safety net" increase from the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission of up to $32 a week in August 2014.

Ms Palaszczuk's election promise to restrict MP's salary package increases to the general public service increase was made on January 12, 2015.

 

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