Politicians and their salary packages are an insult to the Australian public, says Palmer United candidate for Mitchell Murray Schultz.
Mr Schultz said the overwhelming feeling is his electorate is anger about the high salaries and outrageous perks politicians enjoy when our national debt has never been higher.
“When Kevin Rudd was elected in 2007 the national debt was $58 billion,’’ Mr Schultz said.
‘‘In 2013 forward estimates have our national debt at a staggering $400 billion dollars.
“At no time during this spending spree have politician’s wages decreased.
‘‘It is our nation’s shame that our Prime Minister earns a salary over half a million dollars per annum with his poor performance on nearly every area of politics.
“The excessive travel allowances, the shameful superannuation scheme, the lifelong pension for six living former prime ministers and all other parliamentarians is seen by the public as fleecing our nation.”
If elected, Mr Schultz said he would push for a reduction in political salary packages, a review of travel allowances and a superannuation scheme in line with the general public.
“Their pensions should kick in at the same age as the Australian public,” he said.
“Any salary increases would be linked directly to performance.”
Mr Schultz also said he would forfeit 50 per cent of his salary to small business start-ups within the seat of Mitchell until the Palmer United Government returns the budget to surplus, or politicians’ entitlements are reduced considerably.
“Being elected to govern should not be accompanied by a right to tremendous wealth for any politician paid by the public’s money.”