Premier to tar­get coun­cils

The Sunday Times - - NEWS - JOSH ZIM­MER­MAN

PREMIER Mark McGowan has put freez­ing the salaries of lo­cal gov­ern­ment bosses back on the table.

The move fol­lows rev­e­la­tions that nine coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive po­si­tions across Perth recorded salary spikes of 30 per cent or more in the past five years.

Ref­er­enc­ing The Sun­day Times story, Carine MLA Tony Krstice­vic used Ques­tion Time in State Par­lia­ment to query why lo­cal gov­ern­ment chief ex­ec­u­tives were not in­cluded in the McGowan Gov­ern­ment’s pro­posed four-year salary freeze of other se­nior pub­lic ser­vants.

“(At the time of an­nounc­ing the salary freeze) it was our in­ten­tion to do the same with se­nior of­fi­cers in lo­cal gov­ern­ment,” Mr McGowan said.

“That was cer­tainly the in­ten­tion. The draft­ing process be­gan. An is­sue arose and ap­par­ently it was very dif­fi­cult to deal with se­nior mem­bers of lo­cal gov­ern­ment and there were com­pli­ca­tions in the draft­ing process. I was quite frus­trated (but) made the call that it would be best to deal with what is within our con­trol rather than try­ing to do some­thing that ap­plies to lo­cal gov­ern­ment.”

Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter David Tem­ple­man said the idea was aban­doned be­cause freez­ing coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive salaries would re­quire amend­ments to the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Act.

“The Act is cur­rently un­der review and a range of is­sues, in­clud­ing CEO re­mu­ner­a­tion, will be con­sid­ered as part of that process,” he said.

Mr McGowan said pass­ing salary freeze leg­is­la­tion through the up­per house was his pri­or­ity, but he was keen to re­visit coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive re­mu­ner­a­tion.

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