Calls for politician pay tribunal to be open to the public

THE Together union is calling for the tribunal sitting to determine the pay entitlements for Queensland's politicians to be opened to the public.

In July, Premier Campbell Newman announced an independent committee to review MPs' salaries after a storm of public displeasure over the announcement of a 42% pay rise - which took a backbencher's base wage to $190,000.

Submissions to the tribunal closed last week with the new allowances, entitlements and pay scale to be announced on October 15.

But union secretary Alex Scott said the discussions of the tribunal were of public interest and he was particularly worried about how regional communities would be affected by the cut in electorate allowances.

"Members of Parliament in regional Queensland get higher allowances that might get cut as part of the process," Mr Scott said. "The current allowance system provides protections for regional Queensland, we think that's at risk during this process.

"We don't know what the politicians are saying behind closed doors in this process."

But the premier's office has countered that argument saying the tribunal is an independent body and there is no reason to believe that it will not make a decision in the best interests of the state after reviewing the submissions made.

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