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Politicians’ pay campaign update

SUPPORT for fair pay for Tasmanian politicians is mounting, and stage one of the campaign is a success.

The CPSU recently encouraged Members to get on-board a campaign to decouple politicians pay from their federal counterparts and to stop them receiving a 38% salary increase on 1 July.

On April 17 the Premier said she’d table legislation this week, and the Libs said they won’t oppose it. Read what Leader of the Opposition Will Hodgman had to say about the legislation in a letter to the Premier.

The Greens suggest a 12 month freeze on state MPs’ pay but this is no solution as after the next election their recommendation would still see politicians automatically entitled to a massive catch up increase of 38% plus whatever increases federal politicians get over the next two years.

It seems the legislation will be passed in the House of Assembly but now the challenge is to get through the Legislative Council to prevent politicians receiving a salary increase of more than $43,000 from 1 July.

Labor Candidate for Hobart Dean Winter also weighed in – urging the Legislative Council to support the legislation.

The CPSU is still seeking Member backing to send Legislative Councillors a clear message the legislation is fair and should be supported. This week Members received an email asking them to support the campaign by having their names added to letters to politicians. CPSU General Secretary Tom Lynch thanks the many Members who are already on-board.

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