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Crikey readers discuss politician pay and the stagnating economy.
The problem with Australian pollie pay rises is not the dollars, it's the sense.
With confusion and routine bickering about parliamentary pay, politicians’ remuneration should be fixed to a multiple of the median full-time wage, writes Adam Creighton, a research fellow at The Centre For Independent Studies.
Ever wondered what our Federal MPs, High Court judges and top federal public servants are earning? As it turns out: a lot less than they did 70 years ago.
The government had a vote-winner with its My School website, and now plans to roll out My Uni and My Hospital -- so why not My MP, tracking perks, pay and participation, suggests Stefanie Balogh.
Why the anger when Aussie politicians' salaries -- measly compared to the private sector -- are given a slight raise? Pollies also have to deal with public and media scrutiny, so let's pay them what they're worth.
This chart compares the number of parliamentary sitting days for each lower house with the current base salary for a member of that house, writes Datapig David Gillespie.