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03 July 2013

AUSTRALIAN POLITICIANS TURN IDEA OF "PUBLIC SERVICE" INTO GIANT RORT ON AUSTRALIAN TAXPAYERS


It's a racket.  It's called the "executive pay survey".  A company hires a so-called expert who surveys the range of pay being doled out to company executives at similar-sized companies.  The company then uses this "survey" to justify huge increases in pay to senior executives, claiming it's "the market rate".  Then this new benchmark becomes part of the next executive survey, in a corrupt exercise that claims "independence" from executive pressure.  

It's the reason that between 1971-2008, CEO pay has grown 470%, with worker pay growing a pitiful 54%.  But since 2001 as Australian companies adopted the "executive pay survey", the rate of executive pay has accelerated.  It's a scam.  

Kevin Rudd and the ALP government berated this issue during the 2007 election, and did bugger all to fix it.  And in fact as we've seen, this scam has now been grabbed by politicians of both parties.

Running for elected office used to be considered "public service", not a licence to loot the taxpayer purse.  During the difficult period around the GFC in 2008, Premier Anna Bligh "froze" MP compensation, although she was apparently advised Parliament of Queensland legislation would need to be changed.  Of course she didn't do that - because all these pigs, ALP, LNP, and Independent, are in it together!  The so-called "independent tribunal" surveys the corrupt executive compensation system and sets new politician pay packets.

This means Gavin King and Michael Trout along with all of our MP's will get pay INCREASES of AT LEAST $57,000.  A PAY INCREASE ALONE that is 30% greater than the average Cairns worker!  This on top of the extra pay deal that Campbell Newman gave to MP's when they were elected, making them all "assistant to the minister" for something, 

And the rhetoric in defence is sickening.  Police Minister Jack Dempsey says "they have to obey rule of law".  Joh Bjelke Newman has had no trouble changing dozens of laws to get his agenda thru to screw government workers, and has continually bleated that the state has no money.  With pensioners living on $30K a year and Cairns stripped of a promised $135M for vitally needed infrastructure projects.  

"Public Service".  What a joke.  It's Pollie Service.  They're all in on it.  And we're the dickheads paying for this corrupt system.

And now, Bob "Sleepy" Manning and his disUnity Team have announced that, because of "government legislation", they too will be rewarding themselves with AN ADDITIONAL $41,000 PER YEAR MINIMUM!  AN INCREASE GREATER THAN THE AVERAGE CAIRNS WORKER MAKES IN A YEAR!

The local government situation is the real ripoff.  Even Martin Tenni has this one right - the Council is like a "board of directors" that sets policy and has staff.  So why is our "board of directors" paying themselves like real workers with real skills?

On this subject the United States and other countries have got it right.  Take the City of Torrance, California, adjacent to Los Angeles. Population 145,000, larger than Cairns.  City Council pay?  $100 per month, plus expenses. $350/month for the Mayor.   Lakewood, Colorado.  150,000 population.  Council pay $1000 per month, Mayor $38,800.  Ludwigshafen, Germany: 124,000  Mayor salary, €300 per month.

Why are we paying our "board of directors" so much, when we're then paying a huge number of professional managers to actually do the work?

So the pollies have learned from the corporate CEO's, and put a system in place that gives them large and growing pay packets that they can always blame on someone else and "following the law".  

This is a scam of epic proportions.  We should all be outraged to pay these people these extortionate rates for their "public service".


20 comments:

Tony Hillier said...

The revolution can't come soon enough. "Executive" pay packets are obscenely out of step with the rest of society.

Anonymous said...

Those that have just been sacked should be rioting in the street and probly would if they weren't so drunk, because of being depressed. Its fucken bullshit and if this was to happen in other country's like Egypt those low life pollies would be in hiding.

Bob R. said...

Anna Bligh froze the salaries of Queensland parliamentarians. Val Schier refused any pay increases in her last two terms. Did it do them any good??? Any outrage and indignation from the voters over this greedy grab for money will be a storm in a teacup. They will soon be overwhelmed with joy at the thought that Tony Abbott is going to "turn all the boats back" like a messiah.

Anonymous said...

Goodness me Hillbilly, the ordinary punter out there in bogansville doesn't give a shit about this. They're all celebrating the end of all the bitches and witches in government. No more Julia and no more Anna. Hip hip hooray they reckon. Everything else is sweet.

ruby said...

Those that have just been sacked probably all voted for Campbell Newman. One out of two Queenslanders did. Must be a nice feeling knowing you voted yourself out of a job, lost your house, your car and have an uncertain future where you probably won't be able to afford health care. But hey at least you voted for the party to give themselves the highest parliamentary salaries ever. Oh and the main thing of course is that there is no female political leader, now that's the main thing.

Anonymous said...

Abbott has a version of WorkChoices to bring in if he is elected and he will abolish Medicare, hence the end of medical bulk billing. So the future for the ordinary voter out there is far less wages and higher living costs. Meanwhile the LNP politicians keep on giving themselves obscene rises.

Johnno Nixon said...

Just shows what greedy bastards they are to grab this obscene pay rise for doing stuff all. They haven't even proved being worthy of anything. So tell us you creeps why you should get this bullshit rise!

Argus Tuft said...

Politicians have been keen to implement "performance pay" for teachers and other public servants. Isn't it about time we demanded "performance pay" for polices? What do we reckon ours would be worth?

Argus Tuft said...

Pollies bah autocorrect

Anonymous said...

WTF Shanghai!
Did you say Abbott's work choices will turn back the boats, sorry I mean, Manning's pay rise?

Alison Alloway said...

So much cynicism! Campbell Newman and the LNP used strategy to win government. They relentlessly bashed the ALP State Government and Anna Bligh. With the help of the MSM they psyched the voter up into such an emotional state, the voters couldn't wait to vote the Bligh Government OUT. That's what they did. Queenslanders voted a Government OUT. They did not consciously think of what they were voting IN. Newman did not campaign on a platform of well explained and costed policies. His campaign was all smear and fear and the State "debt" which he exaggerated by comparing Queensland to Greece (of all things!).
The LNP revealed very little of what they intended to do once they got into government. It was all kept hush hush while they were bashing Anna Bligh. It wasn't until after the election that the LNP revealed their plans to slash tens of thousands of jobs, raise the cost of living, outsource government business to mates, sell off $9 billion in State Crown land, privatise Queensland's free hospitals and, of course, give themselves the biggest salaries of all politicians in Australia.
It was unethical, deceitful and sly politics but highly successful for Campbell Newman and the LNP. Voters really only have themselves to blame for their own gullibility and lack of judgement. One last thing, Abbott is following the exact same modus operandi and not revealing much about his partys policies at the Federal level.

John S, said...

What an obscene pay rise for a bunch of geriatrics whom hardly anyone had ever heard of before they all "stood for Council" and have scarcely ever seen since they put their arses in the Council seats. Manning has demonstrated insatiable greed equal to a hog at a trough. He was quite well off TA VERY MUCH before he won the Mayoralty with an easy ride from unprecedented help from the local media machine. Greedy bastard.

jim-bob snr said...

Probably not as greedy as Newman. Can you believe the lying money hungry thieving bastard when he reckoned freezing politicians salaries was "illegal"?? WTF! They can freeze every other bastards pay but their own apparently. The LNP are nothing but a bunch of slimy slithering thieves and liars.

Seth said...

I don't think you need think about Abbott for too much longer Alison A above. Twitter is currently running a poll asking people to vote on whether or not Malcolm Turnbull should replace Abbott as LNP Leader. Last time I looked at the results 70% of Twitters responded Yes! Abbott is learning the hard way that people in glass houses -

Ivor said...

And the QLD Unions campaigned against Anna

Anonymous said...

Excuse me.. 30k for pensioners. In your dreams!
Try less than 19k, at least on my planet

Vi L. Schumm said...

Thanks for the excellent analysis, HBW. We're unlikely to find it anywhere else.

Steven Nowakowski said...

Hello HillBilly.
Perhaps you can expose to your readers when Bob Manning refused to negotiate an EBA with employees of Cairns Port Authority whilst he was CEO in 1999. The Minister for Transport, Steve Bredhauer had to step in and negotiate with staff directly for a modest pay rise outcome. This was the tipping point whereby the state government removed Manning as CEO of Cairns Port Authority.
It is now time for Bob Manning to prove if he is worth a pay rise?

shanghai said...

oh shucks I apologise for my criticism of our esteemed leaders /sponsors of this site/city what did I say ?

Jethro said...

What an easy ride Manning has had since he was Mayor. He's done buggar all except to fart and fluff around, full of piss and wind, like his colleague Entsch. The only thing he has "achieved" and I say that with as much sarcasm as I can muster, is to bring in the Chinese billionaires who have bought Double Island as a private, exclusive resort for Chinese and now a Chinese casino out at Yorkeys Knob. This will bring in the Triads, the prostitutes and change this city forever. There are good reasons why the Chinese government won't allow casinos on their mainland, however the likes of Manning and Entsch lack the intelligence to investigate those reasons. So now this wealthy bumbling fool of a Mayor has given himself an enmormous helping from the public trough. Doesn't surprise me at all. We should all be asking just where is that $38 million which was allocated to the CRC by the Bligh Government for renovating the CBD?? We know from the SECRET emails between Manning and King that the money was given out. Where the hell is it? Given the lies, the cunning, the sheer deceit and the self-serving greed, it wouldnt surprise me at all if that money hasn't been misappropriated and is in some offshore bank account somewhere waiting for a certain corrupt someone to piss off out of Australia and live a life of opulence and sheer indulgence somewhere.