Members of Parliament are again squirming over their salaries
after news the Remuneration Authority is considering a pay
increase of about 2 per cent - and possibly more - for them
this year partly in a bid to help bring ministers' salaries
closer to those paid to public service heads.
PM John Key revealed it had come up with its proposed
increase this week and said he had written back saying MPs
should only have a minimal or zero increase.
The authority has indicated it is looking at about 2 per cent
- which would increase a backbench MP's salary by $2826 to
$144,636 and the Prime Minister's by more than $8000 to
$419,740. A Cabinet minister would gain more than $5000 to be
Yesterday other MPs distanced themselves from the decision
which is expected to be announced midway through next month.
Labour leader David Cunliffe said it should be left to the
Remuneration Authority to decide without interference from
In National, Foreign Minister Murray McCully said he agreed
with Mr Key's stance, and Chester Borrows said that there
were others going without pay increases "and so should we".
Labour MP Shane Jones said the decision was up to the
authority, "but don't underestimate how long and hard the
hours are that your MPs are toiling away".
Labour's Clare Curran said that with the low pay increases
many workers faced this year, "I think it would be
counter-productive for MPs to be given a pay increase."