Doesn’t the Australian political class pay itself well?

Doesn’t the Australian political class pay itself well? By Adam Creighton.

Pay increases for private sector wage increases have been “falling off a cliff” this blighted year. The median salary in Australia is $89,000 per year.

Meanwhile, over in political world, among Labor political staffers:

After a six-month freeze for all employees, senior advisers, who earn between $190,000 and $326,000 a year excluding 15.4 per cent super and travel allowances, would receive no pay rise for 18 months.

Mid-level staff, typically aged in their 20s and early 30s, who earn $110,000 to $171,000 a year excluding the same super and travel, would receive a 0.8 per cent pay rise.

And electorate staff, who earn $51,000 to $86,000, would receive a 1.7 per cent increase. …

The IPA puts it well:

Daniel Wild, director of research at free market Institute of Public Affairs, said the emails reflected a “breathtaking level of entitlement”.

“Staffers calling for a pay rise should get out of their boss’s Comcar and take a walk around the suburbs and regions of Australia where jobs, communities, and families have been destroyed by the lockdowns imposed by the political class,” he said. “Over 3500 jobs in the ­private sector have been ­destroyed per day on average by the government lockdowns, yet Labor staffers believe they are entitled to a pay rise on top of their exorbitant salaries.”

They are immune from the discipline of the market, and that is the point.