New role delivers more pay for Mackay MPs
FOUR Mackay region MPs who have been appointed to sit on Queensland parliamentary committees will receive larger pay cheques.
ALP Member for Mirani Jim Pearce is set to receive an extra $57,578 on top of his base MP's salary of $148,848 after being made chairman of the infrastructure, planning and natural resources committee.
Mr Pearce, who won the seat of Mirani at the last state election on the retirement of the LNP's Ted Malone, will work alongside Member for Dalrymple, the Katter Australian Party's Shane Knuth and two others.All committee members will receive an extra $23,031. These are the salaries listed in the Members' Remuneration Handbook.
Newly elected ALP Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert will work on the agriculture and environment committee, while LNP Member for Whitsunday Jason Costigan will sit on the ethics committee.
The Member for Ipswich West, Labor's Jim Madden, will sit on two committees; the legal affairs and community safety committee and the ethics committee.
Only three of 14 minister in the Labor Queensland Government come from regional areas but there are many more regional committee representatives.
Regional MPs who have been appointed to parliamentary committees include:
- Member for Mirani Jim Pearce, who will chair the infrastructure, planning and natural resources committee, which will include the KAP's Member for Dalrymple Shane Knuth, Gladstone MP Glenn Butcher and Keppel MP Brittany Lauga
- Mackay MP Julieanne Gilbert will sit on the agriculture and environment committee, to be chaired by Labor's Member for Ipswich Jennifer Howard. She will work alongside Burnett MP Stephen Bennett, and Hervey Bay MP Ted Sorensen.
- Whitsunday MP Jason Costigan, Noosa MP Glen Elmes and Ipswich West MP Jim Madden will sit on the ethics committee.
- Beaudesert MP Jon Krause, Ipswich West MP Jim Madden and Gympie MP Tony Perrett will sit on the legal affairs and community safety committee, which have the ultimate task of discussion the Labor's proposed changes to the declared political donations threshold.
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