Is our Premier worth a $70,000 a year pay rise?

EDITORIAL: Our Facebook followers reacted strongly to the news that Premier Campbell Newman was in line for $70,000 pay rise.

One commenter thought a $70,000 pay cut was in order.

Another described it as a "bloody disgrace" to accept extra pay when they were crying about being broke and talking about cutting welfare and services to the poor.

The Queensland Government established an Independent Remuneration Tribunal last year and yesterday it revealed the Premier's total remuneration package would be set at $379,160, which included a base salary of $148,848 and an additional salary of $230,312 - still one of the lowest in the nation when compared to other states.

But that wasn't satisfying our Facebook readers who also pointed out that his $70,000 pay rise was more than some single-income families earned.

Queensland MPs who sit on one of the eight parliamentary committees have also been afforded an additional pay rise of $23,071 on top of their $148,848 base salary.

The tribunal announced last year MPs would receive a base salary increase of just below 9%, bringing their base salary to $148,848, which worked out to be an $11,699 raise.

So it begs the questions: are our local MPs worth it and does it make you want to stand for election?

Let us know by commenting below.

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