Long hours, hard work behind Gladstone MP pay rise to $209K

UPDATE:

QUEENSLAND's politicians will receive a 2.25% pay rise, taking our state member's annual pay cheque to $209,999.

The increase takes every state member's pay to $151,425 a year. But some, such as Gladstone MP Glenn Butcher,  are entitled to extra pay for more senior roles.

Gladstone MP Glenn Butcher with state health minister Cameron Dick discussing the Gladstone Hospital emergency department upgrade.
Gladstone MP Glenn Butcher with state health minister Cameron Dick discussing the Gladstone Hospital emergency department upgrade.

Mr  Butcher is the chair of the Agriculture and Environment Committee, a position that gains him an extra $58,574 a year.

This role has taken Mr Butcher statewide to deliver recommendations on the Land Management Act, to host an inquiry into the Hendra virus vaccine and to review  the Drought Relief Assistance Scheme.

Mr Butcher said being a committee chair was a "career advancement".

The former Rio Tinto supervisor said in the past three months he had spent six days at home.

"People need to remember it's a three year job, too," Mr Butcher said.

"It's not like Rio or QAL. I could've stayed there until I retired.  

"My day starts when the sun comes up and doesn't end 'til  the sun goes down seven days a week.

"That's the job and I do enjoy it.

 "As long as the electorate of Gladstone is getting a result that's my only concern.

"I would have trouble justifying my pay if I didn't deliver for Gladstone."   

The pay-increase decision, made by  Queensland Independent Remuneration Tribunal, brings Mr Butcher's fortnightly pay to $8049.

In its decision, the tribunal said it was important base salary levels for our state's MPs  remained  broadly consistent with representatives in other states and territories.

It is slightly less than public servants, who received a 2.5%  pay rise in a similar period.

"Rather than get a huge salary pay rise in one hit it's an annual rise that keeps in line with public servants, but it's never higher than them," Mr Butcher said

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Gladstone's state member Glenn Butcher. Paul Braven

Queensland politicians have had a 2.25% base salary pay rise for 2015-16 and MPs are entitled to extra pay for more senior roles.

This means every state politician has a base wage of $151,425 per year.

But if you're Gladstone's MP Glenn Butcher, you can add an extra $58,574 for being the chair of the Agriculture and Environment Committee.

This brings his yearly pay to $209,999.

This equates to $8049 a fortnight.

Mr Butcher's role as chair of this committee has led him to deliver recommendations to change the Land Management Act, to hold an inquiry into the Hendra virus and to review the Drought Relief Assistance Scheme.

QUEENSLAND POLLIES ARE EARNING HOW MUCH?

All figures represent annual salary, taking into account the MP's base salary of $151,425 plus any additional pay for parliamentary responsibilities.

Premier $385,721

Deputy premier $338,862

Minister and leader of the House $321,290

Minister $315,432

Leader of the opposition $315,432

Speaker $292,003

Assistant minister and leader of the House $292,003

Deputy leader of the opposition $245,143

Deputy speaker $233,429

Assistant minister $233,429

Manager of opposition business $233,429

Chief government whip $233,429

Opposition spokesperson $209,999

Leader of a recognised political party $209,999

Senior government whip $186,569

Opposition whip $186,569

Government deputy whip $180,712

Deputy opposition whip $180,712