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Greens to move for one MPs' Super Scheme.



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Michael Organ MP

Greens Member for Cunningham

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GREENS TO MOVE FOR ONE MPS’ SUPER SCHEME

The Greens will be moving to amend the government’s Parliamentary Superannuation Bill when it comes before parliament next week to provide one scheme for all members and Senators regardless of when they were elected, Greens Cunningham MP Michael Organ said today.

“Having two different remuneration systems running at the same time is ludicrous”, Mr. Organ said.

“The government’s proposal to introduce a community-standard 9% superannuation system for politicians is admirable, but why should members and Senators who are voted back at the next election still have access to the current ridiculously generous scheme?”

“It creates two classes of elected representative on two different pay scales and that is unfair and a recipe for chaos. It would mean some representatives are more equal than others.”

“Bringing on debate about changing Federal politicians’ superannuation arrangements in budget week is a good way to make sure that the public’s mind is elsewhere, and typical of the Howard government’s abuse of the parliamentary process”, Mr. Organ said.

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