Pensions report steals spotlight
PAUL Hoolihan is disgusted a southern media report took focus away from flood heroes being commemorated and focused on state politicians now being eligible for post-political pensions.
The Member for Keppel, who holds the electorate by a 7.6% margin, admitted he didn't even know how much he earned a year as a politician nor how much he would get from any future post-political pension.
A southern newspaper yesterday reported Mr Hoolihan and 12 other Queensland MPs would be entitled to taxpayer-funded payments for life upwards of $65,000 a year.
Under the parliamentary pension rules, MPs who involuntarily retire - by defeat or disendorsement - needed to have served the eight years before they qualified for this pension, a date that comes up next month.
"If I wanted to earn $1 million a year, I would have stayed practising law," said Mr Hoolihan, who has also built up his own superannuation funds from his 25 years in the legal industry.
"No one goes into this job thinking about what they are going to earn in three years time."
The eligibility comes as Premier Anna Bligh yesterday ruled out calling an election next week.
Under the Electoral Act, the election campaign must run for a minimum of 26 or a maximum of 56 days after the issue of the writs.
However, LNP's endorsed leader Campbell Newman has declared game on in the Queensland election campaign.