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Hopper slams 'greedy bastards' over 'horrific' pay rises

FURIOUS Member for Condamine Ray Hopper has slammed the latest pay increase for politicians as unacceptable and says Liberal National Party and Labor members are "greedy bastards" for accepting it.

The Queensland Independent Remuneration Tribunal last month presented a determination giving political office holders - including Premier Campbell Newman, ministers and Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk - pay rises of up to 42%.

The Premier's pay packet will jump from $311,635 to $379,562, while Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney will now total $333,419.

Frontbenchers have had their incomes boosted to the tune of $310,347.

The tribunal was set up in 2013 and its determinations are unable to be opposed in Parliament.

Mr Hopper's base salary remains at $148,848 and he ridiculed legislation that prevented leaders of minor parties - such as himself - from being eligible for the pay rise.

"That's how greedy these bastards are, they even legislated that the leader of a minor party can't get any increases," he fumed.

"It's ridiculous."

The outspoken Katter's Australian Party MP denied it was a case of sour grapes and said he believed the determination was "horrific" when the Government had so many issues.

Mr Newman said there was nothing the Government could do about the decision.

"The fact is, politicians are no longer setting their own pay," he said.

The Premier's explanation did nothing to soften Mr Hopper's perspective.

"If you pay peanuts you get monkeys, but for goodness sake, an $80,000 jump, most people aren't even earning the pay rise," he said.

What's more, the pay rises will be backdated to July 1, 2013.

Topics:  condamine, liberal national party, ray hopper, state government


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