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Despite promising to cut costs more MPs are receiving pay rises. Source: The Daily Telegraph

PREMIER Barry O’Farrell has dished out thousands of dollars in extra cash to a record number of his MPs after creating new committees for them to sit on.

Despite repeatedly criticising the former Labor government for increasing parliamentary secretary and committee chair positions while in opposition, Mr O’Farrell has adopted the same approach to pacify his bloated backbench, showering MPs with big salary top-ups.

The government will hand out $792,380 for 36 positions, with the 13 parliamentary secretaries collecting $27,228 a year on top of their $136,140 base salaries and 23 committee chairs getting an extra $19,060.

While Mr O’Farrell attacked Labor for increasing the number of parliamentary secretary positions by 38 per cent over its 16 years of government, he has retained the same number.

Mr O’Farrell also accused the then Keneally government of working hard on a “jobs creation program” for its own members and not the people of NSW.

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But in government he has actually added another five committee chair positions.

Government insiders say the decision to maintain the number of parliamentary secretaries and increase the number of committees was designed to appease the Liberal Party’s powerful Right faction, reward promising newcomers, and appease MPs who missed out on ministries.

“There’s often not much extra work which goes with one of these positions,” one senior party source said.

“But it manages to ease bruised egos and the titles give a backbencher more prestige within the party.”

Right-wing factional powerbroker and upper house MP David Clarke is one of the big winners, becoming Parliamentary Secretary for Justice and Chair of the Law and Justice Committee.

Fellow right-winger and upper house MP Marie Ficarra is the Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier and Matthew Mason-Cox the Parliamentary Secretary for Treasury.

Nationals upper house MP Melinda Pavey has been named the Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Health.

The Coalition has 88 MPs in state parliament, 69 in the lower house, and 19 in the upper house.

Opposition Leader John Robertson said the idea of a government backbencher earning a base salary had been thrown out the window. “Barry O’Farrell is handing out pay rises like a bank executive on steroids,” he said.

 

Despite promising to cut costs more MPs are receiving pay rises. Source: The Daily Telegraph
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/barry-o-farrells-liberal-cash-splash-on…

PREMIER Barry O’Farrell has dished out thousands of dollars in extra cash to a record number of his MPs after creating new committees for them to sit on.

Despite repeatedly criticising the former Labor government for increasing parliamentary secretary and committee chair positions while in opposition, Mr O’Farrell has adopted the same approach to pacify his bloated backbench, showering MPs with big salary top-ups.

The government will hand out $792,380 for 36 positions, with the 13 parliamentary secretaries collecting $27,228 a year on top of their $136,140 base salaries and 23 committee chairs getting an extra $19,060.

While Mr O’Farrell attacked Labor for increasing the number of parliamentary secretary positions by 38 per cent over its 16 years of government, he has retained the same number.

Mr O’Farrell also accused the then Keneally government of working hard on a “jobs creation program” for its own members and not the people of NSW.

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But in government he has actually added another five committee chair positions.

Government insiders say the decision to maintain the number of parliamentary secretaries and increase the number of committees was designed to appease the Liberal Party’s powerful Right faction, reward promising newcomers, and appease MPs who missed out on ministries.

“There’s often not much extra work which goes with one of these positions,” one senior party source said.

“But it manages to ease bruised egos and the titles give a backbencher more prestige within the party.”

Right-wing factional powerbroker and upper house MP David Clarke is one of the big winners, becoming Parliamentary Secretary for Justice and Chair of the Law and Justice Committee.

Fellow right-winger and upper house MP Marie Ficarra is the Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier and Matthew Mason-Cox the Parliamentary Secretary for Treasury.

Nationals upper house MP Melinda Pavey has been named the Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Health.

The Coalition has 88 MPs in state parliament, 69 in the lower house, and 19 in the upper house.

Opposition Leader John Robertson said the idea of a government backbencher earning a base salary had been thrown out the window. “Barry O’Farrell is handing out pay rises like a bank executive on steroids,” he said.

About Darin Sullivan (1978 Articles)
Former President of the Fire Brigade Employees’ Union (2009-2018) and a professional firefighter with more than 30 years experience. I live and work on the NSW South Coast, Australia. I am a strong advocate for firefighters and emergency service workers with an interest in mental health issues and caring for those around me. I am a former Director on the NSW Fire Brigades Death and Disability Super Fund and work with charities including ‘The Movember Foundation’. As a leader and activist I have long been active in the campaign for action on climate change. I am a Station Commander in the fire and rescue service in NSW and have 30 years experience fighting fires, both rural and urban. I am passionate about highlighting the impact climate change is having on fire preparedness and fire behaviour in Australia, and the risks associated with inaction on climate change. I am also a spokesperson for the Australian Climate Media Centre.
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