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Unions welcome back flip on massive Queensland pay rises

THE Queensland Government will look at changing the law after "uncomfortable" figures emerged showing Premier Campbell Newman was in line for a $400,000 salary.

The Queensland Parliamentary Clerk updated the MPs pay scale online on Tuesday.

The change in salaries follows Crown Law advice which showed a pay freeze on MPs wages in 2009 was unlawful.

As a result of righting the wrong, Queensland MPs will see their base pay rise about $57,000 to bring it just below Federal MPs salaries.

However, what the Newman Government did not realise was any increase in base salary is also linked to entitlements paid to MPs including senior ministers and committee members.

The recently published figures showed Mr Newman's earnings would have increased from $280,000 to $400,000.

Opposition leader Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Premier's pay would be on par with the US President.

Acting Premier Jeff Seeney has addressed the media for the third time on the pay saga.

"The figures published today on the Parliament website show that something clearly has to be done," he said this afternoon.

Mr Seeney said the figures were uncomfortable and admitted to not knowing about the link to entitlements.

The Acting Premier said Cabinet would consider a number of options to address the linkage issue.

"Almost inevitably there will be a change but it can only be changed by the Parliament."

Parliament does not sit until the second week of August.

Mr Seeney said he supported an independent decision maker setting MPs salaries.

Queensland's union movement welcomed the change of heart.

"Congratulations to everybody that has stepped up and taken action,'' the Together Union said in a Facebook post on Tuesday afternoon.

"Acting Premier Jeff Seeney has just announced that the government will legislate to stop the politician pay rise, this is a direct result of your community pressure, including the 13,000 people that signed our Pollie Pay Rise petition.''



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