The Federal Government declared that the age of entitlement was over some time ago, so it is surprising that they need to have an Inquiry into Parliamentary entitlement!
Inquiries into this matter are held every few years. Recommendations are made which are mostly ignored. For a while everyone keeps their heads down to avoid the chopper.
If the debt and deficit crisis is real, the Federal Government needs to lead by example.
They should get the Productivity Commission to review Parliamentary remuneration. Increases could be tied to Key Performance Indicators.
I think that any member of the general public would be happy to draw a base wage of $190,000 plus allowances.
The hours are long but the conditions in Parliament house seem more than adequate.
Measuring our representatives’ performance is straightforward. The number of issues resolved in question time is an obvious starting point; if members were remunerated for real outcomes and not “they are, we aren’t” rhetoric, they could set a standard for discourse that we would all emulate. Currently individuals are often booed or vilified by half the house.
Other indicators used to justify their entitlements and increased pay could be positive changes in the balance of trade or gross domestic product, reduced unemployment, indigenous mortality rates and literacy rates.
If the figures show lack of achievement then entitlements and allowances should be reduced as they obviously aren’t being used effectively.
All MPs should use their Facebook pages and Newsletters to inform us about how much of our money they are spending in the performance of their duties.
There is an arbitration system in place that Parliamentarians could use to defend their value. I think it is only fair that they should be under the same scrutiny as the rest of us.
Geoff Ellis, Wattle Bank.