You have to pay pollies the big bucks
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