Richmond MP Justine Elliot
Richmond MP Justine Elliot

Pay rise a possibility for MPs

NORTHERN Rivers federal MPs Justine Elliot and Janelle Saffin could receive pay rises in exchange for a loss of perks such as free air travel.

A federal-appointed committee is reportedly working on politician salary changes which would see rises in take-home pay and superannuation of federal MPs.

Last year it was announced that Richmond MP and Minister for Ageing Justine Elliot’s salary would increase by $7000 a year to $226,044, while Member for Page Janelle Saffin would receive a raise of $3980, taking her annual earnings to $131,040.

However, they stand to lose an $18,500 overseas study allowance, $19,500 private car allowance and $32,000 electorate allowance under the committee’s proposed changes. Also on the hit list is the so-called “Gold Pass” which allows free domestic air travel for MPs who have served 20 years in Parliament.

Ms Elliot was unavailable for comment yesterday, while a spokeswoman from her office was unwilling to respond to the committee’s plans.

“It would be inappropriate to speculate about the contents of an independent committee’s report,” she said. “The report has not been handed to government.”

The committee is due to report in April.



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