Talk of Big Brother is a wor­ry­ing sign

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

TWO and a half years ago the State Gov­ern­ment was clamp­ing down on po­lice, teach­ers and nurses wage de­mands, say­ing it was un­af­ford­able.

Colin Bar­nett was in­sis­tent, money was tight and even­tu­ally they got be­tween 12 and 14 per cent spread over a three­year pe­riod. Shortly af­ter this belt-tight­en­ing tirade, he was re­spon­si­ble and sup­port­ive in over­see­ing a pay in­crease of 52 per cent for the head of media in his of­fice.

Now to­day we hear the Em­peror on the hill cry­ing foul that some of the lo­cal gov­ern­ment CEOs were re­ceiv­ing salaries in ex­cess of the measly pit­tance he re­ceives.

When the ti­tle Em­peror was used in­stead of Premier, it was not meant to be ma­li­cious but to re­mind him is a ser­vant of the peo­ple. We know he never liked that ti­tle, but to threaten the coun­cils that Big Brother (a name of his choos­ing) will rule the roost must be a worry to ev­ery­body. Roger Davenport,

South­ern River.

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