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Ministers of State Amendment Bill 2002

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2002

 

 

 

THE PARLIAMENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

 

 

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES/SENATE

 

 

 

MINISTERS OF STATE AMENDMENT BILL 2002

 

 

 

 

EXPLANATORY MEMORANDUM

 

 

 

 

(Circulated by the authority of the Special Minister of State, Senator the Hon Eric Abetz)

 



Ministers of State Amendment Bill 2002

 

 

 

OUTLINE

 

The purpose of this Bill is to amend the Ministers of State Act 1952 to increase the limit on the sum appropriated from the Commonwealth Consolidated Fund in 2001/2002 and beyond in respect of the salaries of Ministers.  The increase is necessary following a determination of the Remuneration Tribunal with effect from 1 July 2001 that increased the base salaries of all Senators and Members.  The additional salaries of Ministers are set as a percentage of the base salary of Senators and Members, so when the base reference point increased for Senators and Members, so too did Ministers’ salaries.

 

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPACT STATEMENT

 

The effect of the change is to increase the total sum available to be appropriated in ministerial salaries by $500,000 in financial year 2001/2002 and beyond.

 



 

CLAUSE NOTES

 

Clause 1:         Short title etc

 

This clause cites the Act as the Ministers of State Amendment Act 2002 and cites the Ministers of State Act 1952 as the Principal Act.

 

 

Clause 2:         Commencement

 

The commencement of the Act shall be the date of Royal Assent

 

 

Clause 3:         Salaries of Ministers

 

Section 5 of the Principal Act is amended to increase from $2.3m to $2.8m for financial year 2001/2002 and beyond on the limit on the annual amount payable by way of Ministerial salaries.