One sure way to beat the recession and come out on top in Australia.

Become an MP.

According to this article, the federal remuneration tribunal will recommend a pay boost for ministers. This is no small boost. The types of increases we are talking about is huge. Essentially our sitting PM Gillard will nearly double her pay to almost 650K while speedo man will also nearly double his endowment with 480K.

So basically, tax payers who elected the incumbent are trying our best to pay our PM not to impose a Carbon Tax. Good luck with that.

This follows on from a boost of up to 300K to our top bureaucrats sitting in their ivory towers in Canberra. You have to ask yourself do they really deserve the hike. This is during a time of looming recession in Australia. House prices have softened and the whole world feels like they are on the precipice of another great depression. Just recently New York had one of the largest gatherings against wall street. Hmmm is this Eqypt tahrir sqaure deja vu?

Don’t forget the Qantas strike as a nice backdrop to this whole story. The union is merely requesting a 5% pay rise and they need to go on strike to demand this, while our PM’s happily salute the recommendations passed to them by the remuneration tribunal.

Of course when MPs are asked what they think about these recommendations all they do is say they think it was the right decision to have an independent body make the determinations. No shit. Don’t bite the hand that feeds. These days the feeding is decided by three part timers nominated by the governor general. They are Mr John Conde AO, Mr John B Prescott AC & Ms Jillian Segal AM. They have held high office in big corporations with major Australian miners, banks and some have also held high positions in the public sector. Did someone say independent?

I wonder if MPs would react the same way or be as sanguine if the remuneration tribunal recommended a pay decrease? I hate to admit it, but on this very issue I’m with Bob Brown. He is against it.

The remuneration tribunal’s proposals still need to go through parliament. Lets hope it gets no further. For all us taxpayers sake.

Money influences in mysterious ways – Anonymous


About 1D

I've been fermenting in Canberra OZ for awhile now... Like all public servants I'm battling the cubicle nation... This blog will share my personal journey in which I am preparing to get out of cubicle jail... Time to be your own architect...
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