Queensland politicians are in for a massive increase to their pay packets soon, thanks to a decision from the Remuneration Tribunal.
It’s decided to end the four-year wage freeze for state MPs early, allowing their salaries to be increased by thousands of dollars over the next year and a half.
Newscorp reports that the Premier’s pay packet will increase by nearly $30,000, meaning she’ll be earning over $427,000 annually by September next year.
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Other politicians will be getting three pay rises over the next 15 months; a 2 per cent rise from September 2021, a 2.25 per cent rise from March 2022, then 2.5 per cent in September 2022.
The Remuneration Tribunal made the decision to scrap the wage freeze, which has been in place since 2017, saying the outlook is more positive than at the height of the coronavirus pandemic.
That’s when salaries were last considered, with the Premier asking the Tribunal to extend the wage freeze through the pandemic.