10 Pollie payday on way
A NEW tribunal that will decide on pay rises for our state MPs will cost $8.5 million to set up and run.
State Budget papers show that $1.3 million will be spent before June 30 on the independent Remuneration Tribunal, and a further $7.2 million is allocated over the following four years.
The Sunday Herald Sun revealed last year that state MPs were set to get a generous pay rise worth tens of thousands of dollars once the new system is set up, because there would be a work-value review likely to result in a favourable boost.
It was also revealed earlier this year that politicians quietly pocketed a 5.3 per cent pay rise last year, worth $8400 to backbenchers and $19,000 for Premier Daniel Andrews, because their salaries are currently linked to average wage growth.
A backbencher is now paid about $168,526 a year, plus expenses, while the Premier is on $377,624.
The plan to create a new remuneration tribunal came after rorting by former Speaker Telmo Languiller and deputy speaker Don Nardella was uncovered.
Mr Languiller had claimed he was living in Queenscliff to get an allowance worth almost $40,000 a year — which he later paid back.
Mr Nardella claimed he was living in an Ocean Grove caravan park to get the same allowance, and was eventually forced to $98,000.
The body will set pay scales as well as investigate misuse of parliamentary entitlements.
At the time, Special Minister of State Gavin Jennings said MP pay would be assessed against other professions and “stop MPs determining their own salaries and ensure only legitimate work expenses can be claimed”.
Greens MP Sam Hibbins said he feared the tribunal could lead to a massive pay hike for Victorian members. “Our concern is that politicians will get a big pay rise which is what happened when a similar plan was enacted federally.”
In Canberra, MPs saw $45,000 increases when a similar plan was brought in but stripped of controversial perks like gold pass travel.
Mr Hibbins also questioned why the state government had dragged its feet on bringing the new legislation regarding the tribunal to a vote in the Victorian Parliament, but had already ploughed money into setting up the new body.
Government spokesman Chris Piper said Victoria was being brought in to line with other Australian jurisdictions.
“The independent Remuneration Tribunal will ensure MPs no longer determine their own pay,’’ he said. pay back about
BLACKING out in the back of a limo on his way to playing one of the world’s most iconic music venues was the wake-up call Conrad Sewell needed.
It was December 2015 and the now 30-year-old was sharing the bill at New York’s Madison Square Garden with Calvin Harris, Fifth Harmony, The Weeknd, Selena Gomez and Shawn Mendes.
“I blacked out before I played the Garden,” Sewell said. “It was the opportunity of a lifetime. I’d go out on an all-night bender and I’m on the road to Madison Square Garden and they are trying to sober me up before I play what is a dream of mine. That was when I was like, ‘What the f--- are you doing?’”
Sewell has detailed the lowest of lows that will be reflected two tracks to be released this month. It has been two years since his last release. Pegged as a star on the rise thanks to breakthrough hits
and Sewell was hand-picked for the all-star line-up.
“I grew up singing in pubs so I would drink and I could sing through it, but no one does that any more,” Sewell said.
“You’ve got to wake up and do promo the next morning. Rock ‘n’ roll ain’t what it used to be.
“Or it can be what it used to be — but you aren’t going to last long, and I want to last long.”
Paul McCartney and wife Nancy Shevell yesterday. SIR Paul McCartney paid tribute to his parents after a ceremony making him a Companion of Honour at Buckingham Palace.
The ex-Beatle said in a written statement that he saw the award “as a huge honour for me and my family, and I think of how proud my Liverpool mum and dad would have been to see this”.