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Presenting: Pollie Pay Packets: THE MUSICAL!

July 4, 2012

The Broadway Spectacle featuring all the hits!

  • “Over my Dead Body” performed by Joe Hockey
  •  “Yes I get Paid for This” performed “a capella” by Craig Emerson
  • “Send in the Clowns” with Sarah Hanson-Young

A taxpayer funded excursion in needless melodrama and overblown sentimentality!

The current hoo-ha over our esteemed Politicians most recent pay rise has been blown completely out of proportion and is nothing more than the proverbial storm in a tea cup.

Take, for example, the country’s Prime Minister. Today Julia Gillard earns just shy of a half million dollars per annum – more than the President of the United States, and representing an increase of $130,000 in the last twelve months alone.

The average salary of a backbencher has also increased considerably – by $50,000 in the last year alone, which takes their average annual salary to just shy of $200,000 a year.

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott who once lamented the financial struggle he faced having to get by on an “Opposition” salary has received a measly $10,267 increase this year, which takes his annual salary to $352,517.

Mr Abbott is an impressive $91,834, or $1766 a week, better off than he was year ago.

These people are doing the important job of running the country (or aspiring to running the country while running it down) and are well-deserving of what some might consider lavish and unwarranted salary levels.

And both sides of politics agree. Especially when it comes to approving their salary increments.

Why, only last month, we witnessed “Parliament in action” with the level-headed, and intelligent debate over the controversial asylum seeker debate.

The Crying Game

Why, Sarah Hanson-Young’s emotional breakdown and Joe Hockey’s almost “King Lear” like performance were worth the costs of admission alone.

And Craig Emerson’s rendition of the Skyhook’s classic “Horror Movie” was a sight to behold.

The only thing that’s missing is “the merchandise,” and that alone, should it eventuate, be justification for next year’s  salary increases alone.

Yes, we really are payting for this lot, and it costs us MILLIONS!



11 Comments leave one →
  1. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    July 4, 2012 2:16 pm

    I’d willingly pay decent politicians twice as much, but not this lot.

    I blame the union hacks and factional warlords for the lack of talent in the ALP and its malaise.

    The problems with the Liberals is different, no one with any sense would join them. So their base is threadbare.

  2. Tony permalink
    July 4, 2012 2:21 pm

    We’d get a better class of politician if they were unpaid.

  3. July 4, 2012 3:16 pm

    “We’d get a better class of politician if they were unpaid.”

    What, like Clive Palmer….??

    chuckle, guffaw, chuckle….

  4. TB Queensland permalink
    July 4, 2012 4:00 pm

    The Three Amigos – Twiggy, Ginny & Clivey … 🙄 and throw in Geriatric Harvey as Speaker of the House … 😆

  5. July 4, 2012 4:11 pm

    I love how Clive Palmer is making the Coalition look like a bunch of fucktards.

    It’s almost as satisfying as watching Tom Cruise making Scientologists look like a bunch of deranged fantasists.

  6. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    July 4, 2012 4:35 pm

    I’d do it for nothing, but the expenses would be a killer.

  7. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    July 4, 2012 6:37 pm

    Craig’s song and dance routine is the most cringe worthy performance by a politician I can recall.

    He deserves a pay increase just for being so willing to show that he is a true imbecile.

  8. July 4, 2012 10:13 pm

    “I love how Clive Palmer is making the Coalition look like a bunch of fucktards.”

    I’m not sure he’s showing anything other than his own hindenberg-sized ego – wobbling chaotically and always threatening to rip his own big boof-head a new one.

    But then again, the public stage needs a few jokers in the pack. Remember when the days when the AFL footy used to be full of big wild hairy eccentric men? All carefully erased from existence. Nothing but little pointy-headed sporting technicians these days.

  9. el gordo permalink
    July 5, 2012 10:01 am

    You would agree that pointy heads are more attractive than boof heads.

  10. July 5, 2012 11:10 am

    “I’m not sure he’s showing anything other than his own hindenberg-sized ego…”

    That he is…but he’s doing a fine job of reminding everyone that his money buys him the ears & feigned tolerance of tremendous pillocks like Abbott, who would otherwise openly distance himself & his Party from the inane ramblings of one such as Palmer.

  11. July 5, 2012 3:37 pm

    Sadly this would be a complete and utter flop on Broadway. Based on paying people what they are worth our current pack of ne’er do well’s should ge about $10 per hour — and that’s being generous!

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