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MPs' Entitlements

MPs' Entitlements

Advice on legislation or legal policy issues contained in this paper is provided for use in parliamentary debate and for related parliamentary purposes. This paper is not professional legal opinion.
Occasional Paper No. 08/2002 by John Wilkinson

* from 1975 until 1989 the salaries of NSW members of parliament have been decided by a remuneration tribunal in the form of a judge (pp.5,8-16,24-26)

* from 1990 onwards the salaries of state and federal MPs have been linked to those of senior federal public servants

* significant changes have been made to the general level of MPs’ superannuation entitlements (pp.6,18-20,34)

* since 1975, MPs have gained the benefit of expanded accommodation, and extra staff, to assist them (pp.7,20)

* since the late 1960s, MPs have gained a range of additional benefits such as subsidised printing and postage, and subsidised home phone calls (pp.22,29,35)

* since the late 1960s, MPs have gained the benefit of increased assistance with travel (pp.7,23,29)