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Senators vote for 7% pay rise.



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Senator Bob Brown Senator for Tasmania

Senators vote for 7% pay rise

Senator Brown, Tuesday, 5 September 2006

The Senate voted 52 - 5 today against a Greens motion to limit MPs' pay increases to 2.5% rather than 7%.

The 7% payrise, announced late Friday after the last parliamentary sittings, gives backbenchers an extra $7,800 and the Prime Minister an extra $20,000.

Senator Brown noted that MPs payrises since 1999 have risen 39.1% compared to a 23.2% rise in the CPI.

The other parties rejected Senator Brown's call for MPs' pay to be assessed by the government's Fair Pay Commission rather than the Remuneration Tribunal, which he described as "political".

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