Premier to target councils
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.