Federal politicians are set to receive $4,700 a year more in electorate allowances, amounting to $90 a week, three times the rate of what aged pensioners are calling for in regards to an increase to their pension.
The Federal Government has flagged a mere $20 a week increase to the pension, expected to be included in the next budget.
The politician allowance is expected to cover electorate expenses, but any money not used at the end of each year is treated as personal income.
Greens leader Bob Brown is seeking to block the payments, claiming it is not the right time to implement such a measure.
“It’s the wrong time, we all have to pull our belts in a little, that includes the people’s representatives in Parliament and the Greens will move a disallowance motion on this increase if the Prime Minister doesn’t act.”
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