A four-year wage freeze for state MPs has been lifted and politicians’ wage packages are set to increase by thousands of dollars over the next 18 months.

The decision comes despite a previous request from Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk for salary increases for MPs to be put on hold for the duration of the pandemic.

The Queensland Independent Remuneration Tribunal yesterday tabled a new report stating that MPs will receive a 2 percent pay increase from September this year.

From March next year there will be another wage increase of 2.25 percent, followed by a further increase of 2.5 percent in September 2022 – a total of three wage increases over a period of 12 months.

Scroll down to see a list of current payments from MPS and what they will receive after the increase

As part of the changes, the Prime Minister’s salary will increase from $ 399,955 per year to approximately $ 427,500 through September 2022, while Deputy Prime Minister Steven Mile’s annual salary package will increase from $ 351,788 to approximately $ 376,000.

Opposition leader David Crisafulli’s wages and cabinet ministers’ salaries will rise from $ 327,705 to around $ 350,000 per year.

A MP’s base salary – currently about $ 159,000 a year – will rise to around $ 170,000, while Speaker Curtis Pitt will earn an annual salary of $ 324,500 – up from $ 303,000.

In her report last year, the tribunal found that Ms. Palaszczuk had written to the tribunal requesting that salary increases be suspended for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.

They also pointed out that the opposition had “stated that members’ salaries should be frozen”.

In that report, they decided that there would be no wage increases for the years beginning September 1, 2019, September 1, 2020, September 1, 2021, and September 1, 2022.

But the decision announced yesterday will “replace and replace” this provision – even though pay for 2019 and 2020 was still frozen.

In yesterday’s report, the Tribunal argued that “economic and social circumstances” had stabilized since 2020 in that a salary increase for MPs was “now justified”.

They also said a recent wage survey for civil servants triggered their review of MPs’ salaries under the law.

“While the economic outlook and outlook remain uncertain as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the economy appears to be recovering and the outlook is more positive than it was at the height of the pandemic in 2020, when members’ salaries were last raised by the tribunal checked, “they wrote.

Asked yesterday if she would write to the tribunal about another wage freeze, Ms. Palaszczuk said: “We have received the wage freezes and it is nothing more than what the civil service is paid for.”


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