Politicions Government Super Fund.
I note the other night, Mr Shorten challenged Industry leaders, by asking them if they could live off the basic wage rate, and if they couldn't? why did they expect that employees could and should? The same question could be asked of his political class!
Its an interesting question, and one the public could ask of both Mr Shorten and the PM?
Further to the above, the public could also ask about the differing standards (laws) relating to Super or pension funds provided to polititions?
One glaring difference that no one wants to talk about, or compare is not so much the vast difference in amounts, compared to the public pension amount, as opposed to the political handout.
What I find difficult to grasp is the audacity of the political class, who make decisions relating to an adjustment (downwards) of a miserly pension amount for a single of approximatly $700 per fortnite or a couple of approx $1400 (I stand corrected on those amount if + or - 10%) and then want to penalise them, should they dare earn an extra $400 or so dollars a fortnite!!
At best this may contribute to a couple of steaks, maybe a nite out at the local RSL, or if they save harder for longer, maybe contribute to a domestic holiday, god forbid!!!!...How dare they!!
But on the other hand, polititions receive their full amount, (and not means tested) irrespective of how much they earn (after being sacked, retired, or voted out) on the public speaking circuit, on boards, as directors, or as a lobbyist, or returning back to their business roots before politics.
My concern is not how much they get, but the disparity between them and the public, who incidently pay the amounts for the privilage.
Of course the political class will say that they dont make those decisions, an independant tribunal makes the decision!!!!
Well let the tribunal also make the decisions relating to the mere mortals receiving seven hundred bucks a fortnight, who are already doing it tough, and get squeezed and penalized for (in most cases) having to work past retirement to make life just a little more bareable.
It has got to be the only Industry (political) that continues to pay, and provides vast benefits to those that failed and got the sack! as well as the others who are not means tested, as we mere public mortals are! or as Graham Richardson calls us ....."the MOB"