The Courier-Mail

You have to pay pol­lies the big bucks

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RICHARD Crofts, Mike Pat­ter­son and Joe Mar­chitto (Letters, Aug 12) com­plained of the bla­tant abuses com­mit­ted by politi­cians as they wade into the public purse to in­dulge in their perks.

In the same edi­tion we read of New­cas­tle “play­maker” Ty­rone Roberts be­ing of­fered $400,000 for a two-year deal to play football by the fi­nan­cially chal­lenged Ti­tans NRL club.

We all should think about that for a mo­ment.

It seems the public is pre­pared to ac­cept that a foot­baller should be paid $200,000 a year for us to watch him chase a football around a field for 80 min­utes each week over a 26-week pe­riod, and most likely lose.

But at the same time we ap­pear to have a prob­lem in pay­ing the same sort of money to elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives whose job it is to plan, or­gan­ise, di­rect and con­trol the fu­ture of 24 mil­lion peo­ple on a 24/7 ba­sis.

Surely we need to bring all this into per­spec­tive.

Abuses that are com­mit­ted by any­body at any time in­volve step­ping out­side the rules.

But now we need to hope for two things. Firstly, that we as a na­tion will recog­nise the im­por­tance of elect­ing and re­ward­ing top-per­form­ing politi­cians with ap­pro­pri­ate CEO-type re­mu­ner­a­tion, and se­condly, that the re­view of politi­cians’ en­ti­tle­ments will tighten up these pro­vi­sions so that our politi­cians don’t see them as a jus­ti­fi­able means of com­pen­sat­ing for their in­ad­e­quate recog­ni­tion. Richard K. Ti­ainen, Hol­land Park West

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