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    Premier and Minister for Reconstruction
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    QUEENSLAND MPS TO RECEIVE A 2.5% SALARY INCREASE IN LINE WITH GOVERNMENT’S WAGE POLICY

    Premier and Minister for Reconstruction
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    Friday, October 07, 2011

    QUEENSLAND MPS TO RECEIVE A 2.5% SALARY INCREASE IN LINE WITH GOVERNMENT’S WAGE POLICY

    Queensland State MPs will receive a 2.5% pay increase this year in line with the Government’s wages policy.

    Yesterday the Governor in Council approved a 2.5% salary increase for Queensland MPs from 1 August 2011, increasing their base salary to $137,149 p.a.

    In 2010 Premier Anna Bligh ensured that a 4.1% salary increase received by Federal MPs was not passed on to Queensland MPs and was limited to 2.5%.

    “This year I have made the decision that the 3.1% salary increase received by Federal MPs in July 2011 has also been limited to 2.5%,” she said today.

    “This is the level that we are asking our frontline staff to accept and it is only right that MPs should not receive a higher increase.”

    The 2.5% salary increase applies to all MPs including office holders such as the Premier, the Leader of the Opposition, Ministers, the Speaker and the Government and Opposition Whip.

    On 6 October 2011, the Governor in Council also approved from 1 July 2011, a 3.8% CPI increase of the allowances received by Queensland MPs. These are; Allowances to Members, Miscellaneous Allowance and Daily Travel Allowance.

    This CPI increase was approved in accordance with the Members’ Entitlements Handbook which provides that certain allowances received by MPs are to be varied annually from 1 July in accordance with the CPI for Brisbane over the previous financial year.

    On 6 October 2011, the Governor in Council also approved increases to the additional salary component received by the chairs of parliamentary committees; the Manager of Opposition Business; and the Parliamentary Secretary and Leader of the House.

    These salary increases were approved in recognition of the additional duties that these positions have assumed as a consequence of the parliamentary reforms agreed to by the Parliament this year.

    The $5,000 p.a. increase for committee chairs follows the Government’s support of a recommendation by the Committee System Review Committee as stated in the Governments response tabled on 9 March 2011.

    “The Clerk of the Parliament in the Review Committee’s report recommended that committee chairs should have a status comparable with parliamentary secretaries, which would have meant around a $8,000 increase,” said the Premier.

    “But in the interests of moderating salary increases, the increase has been limited to $5,000.”

    The Premier said the positions of Parliamentary Secretary and Leader of the House and Manager of Opposition Business have also taken on additional responsibilities as part of the parliamentary reforms, particularly with their roles as Chair and Deputy Chair of the Committee of the Legislative Assembly (CLA) with respect to the operation and management of the Parliamentary Service.

    “For that reason the Governor in Council has approved that an increase of
    $15,652 p.a. from 10 March 2011 when the CLA commenced, and a further
    $5,000 p.a. from 16 June 2011 when the parliamentary reforms commenced, shall apply equally to the salaries of both of these positions.”

    The salary increases for committee chairs, the Manager of Opposition Business, and the Parliamentary Secretary and Leader of the House come to an additional cost of approximately $103,000 p.a.

    “This additional salary cost can be balanced against approximate savings of
    $200,000 p.a. which have occurred due to the reduction in the number of parliamentary secretaries from nine to seven which occurred in February 2011,” said the Premier.

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