Member for Rockhampton Robert Schwarten.
Member for Rockhampton Robert Schwarten.

Pollies are overpaid: reader poll

NEARLY three out of four people who voted in a Morning Bulletin poll think politicians are paid too much.

It appears Member for Rockhampton Robert Schwarten is in the minority after his comments yesterday that a large element of the community is effectively ruled out of public life because they can’t afford the pay cut.

Earlier, prominent Rockhampton surgeon Kim Bulwinkel who withdrew from selection as the LNP candidate because of financial circumstances, generated plenty of interest with several posts made on the Bully’s website, a number of SMS sent to the paper as well as those who voted.

Mr Schwarten’s position also made state news services.

In The Bully’s online poll, 73% didn’t think politicians should be paid more, while 25% thought they should get more.

“With all the other lurks and perks they get it must be a real struggle,” said Ken from Kawana.

“Pollies only paid approximately $2200 per week, how do they manage?”

However, Hamsy posted: “If we want to attract people with the appropriate knowledge, experience and qualifications to do these jobs then the remuneration has to be attractive provided they do their job.”

Others wanted fewer politicians.



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