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PM's new CoS keeps salary under wraps. When Malcolm Turnbull brought in the secretary of the communications department, Drew Clarke, as his chief of staff in the Prime Minister's Office, a special allowance was given so Clarke could retain his high secretary wage while working in the PMO. When Clarke was in Turnbull's office, he was paid $691,200 per year, more than the PM on $517,338 per year, and well more than Opposition Leader Bill Shorten on $368,224 per year.