IRONS IN FOR PAYDAY
THE new financial year brings a pay rise for few.
At best, enough to deal with the continually escalating cost of living.
For a lucky few, including our Federal representatives, it marks a hefty payday.
Backbenchers like our Member for Swan, Steve Irons, will be rewarded an additional $4000.
Wage growth has stagnated, people are in unstable work while Australia’s top dogs cut public services and collect the winnings.
Unsurprisingly, many pundits are less than pleased.
So what are our politicians doing to provide value for our money?
Mr Irons is fast approaching his 11th year of holding office.
In my opinion, he has unfortunately been an insignificant parliamentarian.
You’d think a marginal seat would receive more than its fair share of Federal funding in the bid to win votes.
But the issues Mr Irons campaigns on today are frequently the initiatives he promised electors back in 2007.
As Mr Irons prepares for his payday, it will be interesting to see if his behaviour will change as he now needs to fight more than ever to retain the confidence of Swan’s electors. DYLAN BOTICA, Salter Point