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Federal politicians get $211 a week pay rise while low paid get an extra $40

Outrage as Australia’s lowest-paid workers get a $40 a week raise, while politicians get a $211 raise – as Anthony Albanese is called to turn down the raise

  • Fair Work Commission awards federal politicians their best pay raise in ten years
  • Calls on Prime Minister and Opposition Leader Peter Dutton to refuse pay rise
  • Low-paid Australians get 5.2 percent more, just $40 extra per week
  • Australia’s national minimum wage is now $812.60 a week, or $21.38 an hour

Minimum wage workers have been left furious after discovering federal politicians were paid an extra $112 a week while holding a… Pay raise of $40 a week.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanian and opposition leader Peter Dutton are facing calls to reject their wage increases until the Australian energy crisis that has sent power prices soaring is resolved.

The independent Fair Work Commission on Tuesday awarded federal politicians a 2.75 percent pay increase, the most generous increase in a decade.

The salary of a backbencher has increased by $5,810 a year or about $112 a week from $211,250 to $217,060.

Australia's lowest paid workers have received a $40 weekly wage increase after federal politicians were given an extra $112 a week

Australia’s lowest paid workers have received a $40 weekly wage increase after federal politicians were given an extra $112 a week

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese's salary was increased by $15,106 a year or about $290 a week from $549,250 to $564,356 (Pictured, Sports and Aged Care Minister Anika Wells and Anthony Albanese in Brisbane on Tuesday)

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s salary was increased by $15,106 a year or about $290 a week from $549,250 to $564,356 (Pictured, Sports and Aged Care Minister Anika Wells and Anthony Albanese in Brisbane on Tuesday)

Mr. Albanese’s salary was increased by $15,106 per year or approximately $290 per week from $549,250 to $564,356.

Mr. Dutton will bring in $401,561 from $390,813, up from $10,748 per year or approximately $207 per week.

The increase from July 1 represented a real wage cut with inflation at 5.1 percent, but was above private sector wage increases in the year to March of 2.4 percent.

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Social media users noticed that while Australian politicians were already well paid, they also got a healthy pay rise

Social media users noticed that while Australian politicians were already well paid, they also got a healthy pay rise

However, some say that politicians have been very lucky to get some raise as the country’s debt runs towards $1 trillion.

Daniel Wild, research director at the Institute of Public Affairs, said it was “extraordinary” that politicians are ‘filling their own back pockets’ amid a cost of living crisis.

“This tells you everything you need to know about the priorities of the political class and that one of the first things they do after the election is pat themselves on the back and give themselves an undeserved raise,” he said.

“Both Anthony Albanese and Peter Dutton must show leadership and withhold the raise until this energy crisis is resolved.”

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Social media reaction was against politicians getting pay rises while so many Aussies are fighting

Social media reaction was against politicians getting pay rises while so many Aussies are fighting

“This is further proof that there are two Australians: real Australians who are having a hard time and the indifferent political class who are in the justice system.”

On Tuesday, the Fair Work Commission raised the national minimum wage by 5.2 percent to an increase of $40 a week or $2,080 a year from $40,175 to $42,255.

The national minimum wage will now be $812.60 per week, or $21.38 per hour.

Mr. Dutton will bring in $401,561 from $390,813, up from $10,748 a year or about $207 a week

Mr. Dutton will bring in $401,561 from $390,813, up from $10,748 a year or about $207 a week

Minimum wage increase at a glance

Up 5.2 percent from July 1

That equates to $812.60 a week – an increase of $40

The hourly rate of $21.38 marks an increase of $1.05

New minimum wage of $42,255 per year for those who work full-time – $2,080 over $40,175

The increase was above 5.1 percent inflation and was the most generous since 2006 during the mining boom

It was more than double the 2.5 percent increase last year

The decision to grant a 5.2 percent minimum wage increase will directly affect 180,000 workers

The other low-paid workers with modern awards get a 4.6 percent increase if they earn more than $869.60 per week and get $40 more per week

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