Should pollie pay rises be tied to ambos, firies and police?

THE LNP has voted down an attempt to tie pay rises for state parliamentarians to those of public sector workers.

Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk proposed to amend the new Queensland Independent Remuneration Tribunal Bill to prevent politicians from receiving any percentage pay rises above those of public service workers.

"Again, public sector employees will be looking very keenly at the voting attitudes in relation to this amendment," Ms Palaszczuk said.

The move was flatly opposed by the LNP.

Just minutes earlier, Katter's Australian Party leader Bob Katter tried to limit politician salary increases directly to those of firefighters, ambulance officers and police.

Should politicians' pay rises be capped to the same level as public sector workers?

This poll ended on 12 September 2013.

Current Results

Yes

97%

No

2%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Member for Toowoomba South John McVeigh did not speak on either proposals but voted in the negative.

For those who did speak, including Member for Condamine Ray Hopper, some colourful language was used.

"If they get a two per cent pay rise, we should be willing to take a two per cent pay rise," he said.

Mr Hopper's suggestion that his party had "a few things just around the corner that we have up our sleeve" was met by jeers by the LNP.

His reaction showed there was no love lost between him and his former stable mates.

"You may laugh, but you are all gone - all oncers over there gone, gone, goners," he said.

"Probably 25 of you will go at the next election without any doubt whatsoever - at least that number."

The newly-created Queensland Independent Remuneration Tribunal will soon set the salaries, allowances and entitlements of all MPs following public outrage over massive pay hikes granted to parliamentarians.



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