Does more pay mean better MPs?

The Salaries and Allowances Tribunal is embarking on its most ambitious exercise since being formed in 1975 – canvassing community opinion on what Western Australia’s 95 politicians should be paid.


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First of all, the 4 year term in office should not be a deterrent. Because if the particular party in office is doing the right things, it will be for at least an other term in office, if not more. The Menzies Era is proof of that. There is too much 'jobs for the boys' going on in the party room. The party executives should be 'hands on' people to start with, and consist of strong leaders that can control, yet run the organisation in a democratic way. A candidate in any electorate should be appointed for his/her skills in whatever way, NOT because of social- or financial status. A minister should be appointed on the strength of his/her, preferably practical knowledge of whatever the portfolio is.Ministers for water, power, constructions, etc. should be engineers, not accountants or doctors. We do not want a mechanical engineer in charge of health, he should be a medical PRACTITIONER! A minister should also spend more time controlling the management of the particular portfolio. Ministers should get out among the people and in the real world. Inspect projects with in there portfolios on a regular, UNANNOUNCED basis.There is too much 'passing the buck' going on. Once a minister, premier or prime minister retires, present privileges should be curtailed to two years after retirement, instead of life. If a minister is not shaping up he/she has to be shipped out, or demoted, as happens in private organisations. Pay should be according to similar positions in the work place, in order to attract the right person for the position.

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