Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

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

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