Members of Parliament
WESTERN AUSTRALIA SALARIES AND ALLOWANCES ACT 1975
DETERMINATION OF THE SALARIES AND ALLOWANCES TRIBUNAL
Pursuant to Section 6(1) (a) (ab) & (b)
The question has arisen as to whether the increase in base remuneration granted to members of the Federal Parliament by the Federal Remuneration Tribunal, effective from 1 July 2007, will flow on automatically to members of the Western Australian Parliament.
The increase awarded to members of the Federal Parliament will not flow on automatically to members of the Western Australian Parliament.
In the determination issued by the Western Australian Salaries and Allowances Tribunal on 18 August 2006, effective from 1 September 2006, the Preamble made explicit that the base remuneration granted to the Western Australian Members of Parliament was for 12 months and that the Tribunal was not committed to the practice in most other states of using the remuneration of Federal MP’s as the benchmark for the setting of the remuneration for state MP’s.
The Schedule to the 2006 determination noted that the base remuneration payable to a Western Australian MP as a result of the determination became equal to the base remuneration payable to a Federal MP less $500.
This variation issues to remove any doubt about the intent of the 2006 determination in relation to the base remuneration payable to MP’s in Western Australia in the light of the pending increase in the remuneration of Federal MP’s.
In the third paragraph of the section’ Base Remuneration’ of the Preamble:
Insert ‘as at 1 September 2006’ at the end of the sentence, ‘The base remuneration of Members of the Western Australian Parliament now will be $500 less than that of Federal Members.’
Part 2: Section 1 (1.1)
Insert after ‘less $500’ the words ‘as at 1 September 2006’.
The determination will now issue.
Signed this 29th day of June 2007
|Professor M C Wood
||M L Nadebaum|
SALARIES AND ALLOWANCES TRIBUNAL