Last month my Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party colleagues and I called on the NSW Government to immediately implement a wage freeze.
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Our proposed freeze included wages for all our politicians, government bureaucrats and senior executives in our state public sector.
The fat cat bureaucrats and senior executives have it pretty cushy and are paid very well for what they do.
But now it's very clear everyone needs to tighten their belts and help share financial burden in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The people in these positions are already well paid and now need to show leadership and solidarity with a community suffering in this health and financial crisis.
It beggars belief that while there are now hundreds of thousands of people out of work and without income as a result of government restrictions imposed to combat the pandemic that the same government would approve a significant and unwarranted pay rise for NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller.
Last week it was reported that the NSW Remuneration Tribunal approved the pay rise to the Commissioner's already half million dollar-plus annual salary so that he will now be paid $649,500 per annum.
The Commissioner's responsibility cannot be a justification, because Mr Fuller has no more responsibility than our Prime Minister yet he will now be paid $100,000 more than our nation's leader.
Now there are whispers that the Government will introduce a statewide wage freeze for our frontline nurses, police and emergency service workers.
Remembering, again, this is the same government that has until now been happy to have those same frontline workers exposed to the daily threat of the coronavirus while they sit safe and sound in their bunkers and barking orders.
So what better way for the Premier to avoid a wage freeze for her bureaucrat mates than to support them getting a big fat pay rise just before her government announces a pay freeze to the frontline workers, who they clearly see as the plebs.
This proves the Premier and her Liberal National Government are completely out of touch and only care about the top end of town.
We shouldn't put up with this.
For us at the Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party, it's not the Aussie way.
We need to look after those who are doing it tough financially, not those fat cats who are already on a good wicket.
I'll be going into bat for the workers on the front line, not these overpaid fat cats the Premier is clearly looking after.
That is now a perfect segue to recognise our nurses, healthcare workers, police and other emergency service workers who have been out there on the COVID frontline, night and day, protecting the rest of us in the community.
We might all be frustrated with the public health order restrictions which have curtailed our freedoms and impacted our day-to-day activities we previously enjoyed and took for granted, but let's all thank the very important men and women in these professions who are exposed to the dangers of coronavirus, caring for and protecting us, and who do a tremendous job each and every day they go to work.
A big thumbs-up and thanks to all of you!
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