125,000 Australians have had enough. Have you?

Have you ever thought about how lucky we are to be paid for doing our jobs, even long after we’ve quit?

It’s so awesome that we get paid a pension and entitlements after only holding a position for a few years. And we keep getting them ’til the day we die!

How freaking unreal is that?


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Oh, hold on. That’s right – regular people don’t get these incredible perks.

Only politicians do.

It’s not a small pension, either. It’s a staggering amount of money!

The amount they actually receive “in retirement” is linked to the number of years they served as an MP and the salary they received in their highest-paid role.

A stack of retiring federal politicians were recently revealed to be pocketing an annual pension that currently amounts to around $118,000.

And when Bronwyn Bishop quit Parliament, the long-serving Liberal MP became entitled to a taxpayer-funded pension of around $255,000 a year – a sum she will receive for the rest of her life!

On what planet does this make sense?!

These are not people who are retiring to no wealth… Or who don’t have the means to continue earning an income.

They are skilled, smart people who have made good money for the majority of their career, and who will take up well-paid board appointments in retirement, or pick up careers in the private sector.

As The Age editorialised recently, “We are told there is pressure on the public purse. To that end, the government… continues to chip away at social, education, health and arts programs. Yet, it pays retiring MPs hundreds of thousands of dollars so that they can retire in luxury. It does not make sense.”

It does not make sense.

I should point out that this only applies to those who began working before 2004, but still – funding the lifestyles of those who have left parliament for another 20 or 30 years is costing taxpayers millions of dollars a year.

Disability support worker Michelle Pederson is trying to do something about it. She’s started a petition that demands we stop paying politicians for jobs they are no longer performing.

If, like Michelle, you think it’s time for the gravy train to end, you can have your voice heard here.

So far, 125,000 Australians have signed up to say they’ve had enough. Are you another one?

The Meddler

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What a joke