Nationals Senator Barnaby Joyce has called for the Prime Minister’s salary to be tripled, claiming politicians should be paid a salary comparable to those in the private sector.
The call comes after the Government accepted a remuneration tribunal recommendation to give federal politicians a three percent pay rise.
Senator Joyce says politicians should be paid as much as business leaders and that Kevin Rudd should get a salary increase from his current $340,000 to $1 million.
“The commercial reality (is) that the highest office holder… should be within sight of the sort of money they (would) get in the market place for running a comparable size company,” he told ABC Television on Friday.
The remuneration tribunal recommendation has been criticised by independent senator Nick Xenophon and the Australian Greens who will try to block the increase in parliament.