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Politicians shameful pay rise as workers struggle.



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DEMOCRATS MEDIA

19 JUNE 2007 SENATOR LYN ALLISON AUSTRALIAN DEMOCRATS LEADER

POLITICIANS SHAMEFUL PAY RISE AS WORKERS STRUGGLE The Democrats have condemned a 6.7% pay rise awarded to federal politicians as an insult to working Australians, many of whom are struggling to get any wage increases at all at a time of soaring petrol prices and rising interest rates.

"This is a particular insult to those workers who've been dumped on AWA's and now find their wages are actually going backwards", Senator Allison said tonight. "The Howard Government is happy to ram through extreme workplace laws that punish low income earners but is first to make sure it looks after itself when it comes to pay rises."

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