POLITICIAN’S CORRECT – The Age Of Entitlement Is Over


I absolutely agree, if a pension isn’t an entitlement, neither is theirs.  They keep telling us that paying us an aged pension isn’t sustainable.

Paying politicians all the perks they get is even less sustainable!  

The politicians themselves, in Canberra, brought it up, that the Age of Entitlements is over.

The author is asking each addressee to forward this post to a minimum of twenty people on their address list; in turn ask each of those to do likewise.  In three days, most people in Australia will have this message.  This is one idea that really should be passed around because the rot has to stop somewhere.

Proposals to make politicians shoulder their share of the weight now that the Age of Entitlement is over:

  1. Scrap political pensions. Politicians can purchase their own retirement plan, just as most other working Australians are expected to do. 
  1. Retired politicians (past, present & future) participate in Centrelink. A Politician collects a substantial salary while in office but should receive no salary when they’re out of office.Terminated politicians under 70 can go get a job or apply for Centrelink unemployment benefits like ordinary Australians.Terminated politicians under 70 can negotiate with Centrelink like the rest of the Australian people. 
  1. Funds already allocated to the Politicians’ retirement fund be returned immediately to Consolidated Revenue.This money is to be used to pay down debt they created which they expect us and our grandchildren to repay for them. 
  1. Politicians will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Politicians pay will rise by the lower of, either the CPI or 3%. 
  1. Politicians lose their privileged health care system and participate in the same health care system as ordinary Australian people. i.e. Politicians either pay for private cover from their own funds or accept ordinary Medicare. 
  1. Politicians must equally abide by all laws they impose on the Australian people. 
  1. All contracts with past and present Politicians men/women are void effective 31/12/14.

PoliticianThe Australian people did not agree to provide perks to Politicians, that burden was thrust upon them.

Politicians devised all these contracts to benefit themselves.

Serving in Parliament is an honour not a career.

The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so our politicians should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.

If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people, then it will only take three or so days for most Australians to receive the message.  Don’t you think it’s time?


THIS IS HOW YOU FIX Parliament and help bring fairness back into this country!

If you wonder why the above individuals are asking for your help look at the figures below.

Total Remuneration for office Effect 1 July 2014 (per annum) 

  • Chief of the Defence Force > $535,100 – $764,420
  • Commissioner of Taxation > $518,000 – $740,000
  • Chief Executive Officer, Australian Customs and Border Protection Service > $483,840 – $691,200
  • Auditor-General for Australia > $469,150 – $670,210
  • Australian Statistician > $469,150 – $670,210

 Salaries of retired Prime Minister and Politicians  Office Additional salary (%)  Salary as of 1 July

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Tony Abbott

Prime Minister 160% – $507,338

Deputy Prime Minister 105% $400,016

Treasurer 87.5%  $365,868

Leader of the Opposition 85.0%  $360,990

House of Reps Speaker 75.0%  $341,477

Leader of the House 75.0%  $341,477

Minister in Cabinet 72.5%  $336,599

Parliamentary secretary 25.0%  $243,912

Other ministers 57.5%  $307,329

Shadow minister 25.0%  $243,912


Bill Shorten

Bill Shorten

Federal Politicians ONLY  TOTAL ANNUAL SALARIES (for 150 seats) =  $41,694,311 Million – PER  YEAR and does not include their expense accounts and perks on the top.


TOTAL ‘life time’ (20 year) payments, (excluding wages paid while in parliament) = A$833,886,220 – OVER $833 MILLION

Julia Gillard

Julia Gillard

Julia Gillard, Kevin Rudd, John Howard, Paul Keating, Malcolm Fraser, Bob Hawke, et al, add nauseum, are receiving $10 MILLION + EXTRA at taxpayer expense.

Should an elected PM serve 4 years and then decide to retire, each year (of the 4 years) will have cost taxpayers an EXTRA Two and a half million bucks a year!  A$2,536,690 to be precise.

A 2 year retirement payment cut-off will SAVE our Oz bottom line A$792,201,909 *** NEARLY $800 MILLION.

There are 150 seats in House, minus the 8 above = 142 seats, divided equally for example = 71 each for both shadow and elected ministers.

This example excludes all wages paid while a parliamentarian AND all perks on top of that – travel, hotels, Secretarial staff, speech writers, restaurants, offices, chauffeured limos, security, etc.  etc.

150 seats, 20-year payment of A$833,886,220 MILLION less annual salary x 2 years of A$83,388,622.  [$41,694,311 x 2]

“Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks.” (Doug Larson – English middle-distance runner who won gold medals at the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris, 1902-1981)


ACTION: Push for a MAX 2 year post retirement payment (give ‘em time to get a real job).

Spread it far and wide folks.  People should know.

 Dr.  Dale Kerwin
School of Education
MT Gravatt Campus Grifffith University
(07) 3735 5884 – fax. (07) 3735 5991
email: d.kerwin@griffith.edu.au



Politicians and their obscenely excessive perquisites (perks)

by Renny Carter

Renny Carter

Renny Carter 53, is an old journo and one of the Liberal Party’s faceless men, who has opinions on anything in Contemporary life.


The poor bastard has inherited a mess of unprecedented proportions that is going to take a long Liberal tenure to sort out and return to some normality – if at all.

The sad reality is that Australia is made up of three types of people. Workers, bludgers and pensioners. And is desperately trying to claw every dollar they can back from this hurting system…the magnifying glass has momentarily paused above the latter category. Which is sad. We expect the pensioners to be looked after in this country. We don’t want to see elderly people homeless and destitute in Australia. And unlike Italy and Japan – we don’t have a culture of always looking after our senior citizens.

Gagging politicians perks

Pollies silent on perks

I have an immediate idea that could claw back quite a few millions. Means test the (expletive deleted) politicians for a start! Let’s take a few luminaries who really don’t deserve the largesse we give them.

The wastage in this area alone is horrendous and is a massive burden on the taxpayer. Moreover, is it justified? Do we get any value for money? The latest revelation that both Rudd and Gillard get a $200,000 salary for the rest of their natural lives plus enormous travel allowances, office accommodation and staffing costs is an insult given that neither was poor to start with and both now have ‘jobs’. They are young enough to work. Younger than me! If I have to keep working until I am 70 plus, why don’t they?

A study in 2010 by the Daily Telegraph revealed that Mr Rudd, at 52, a young ex-prime minister, will receive well in excess of $20 million worth of allowances if he lives to 85. This is despite the fact he had served just 2 1/2 years as P.M. at that point. This of course has altered even more dramatically with his additional tenure.

Once retired, he is entitled to his own office, worth about $120,000 a year in Brisbane for the rest of his life and four staff, which political insiders say will cost $240,000 a year. What? The Rudd’s new multi-million home doesn’t have room for a home office?

Mr Rudd would also be entitled to the lease of a car worth up to $55,000 for the rest of his life. Leasing experts say this would be worth $1000 to 1500 a month. And Mr Rudd will receive all of these benefits on top of his wife’s estimated $210 million fortune!

Surely this good luck is the result of considerable ‘Government’ work being put her way and rules them out of any more wanton generosity from the Australian people.

Add to this, Gillard. This former communist who has now embraced the capitalist ideal with both arms and not a whimper of complaint I notice. She has already ditched the brick veneer in Altona for a swanky pool-side ponderosa in leafy Adelaide no doubt made possible by a $500,000 salary and ongoing perks.

My point is this. I have had to make cuts to my life because things change. The expensive office I used to lease in Melbourne is gone because, with the Internet I can now work from home. I now use consultants rather than employ up to 10 people which today would send me broke. I now drive a Ute because it is cheaper to register and insure. Cost cutting measures made to ensure I can continue to work in a country that is very much prejudiced against senior aged workers.

Mrs Renny is not happy. I have taken over a picturesque corner of our winter lounge room and in her words – I am a messer! When the drawing board comes out, which it does at least once a month, the kitchen table is also rendered unserviceable. Not to mention several square yards around it.

Why is it then that we continue to provide multiple millions to give these buggers swanky offices to run their now quite irrelevant lives from? I mean what has Hawke’s or Keating’s offices churned out in the past few years that justifies these silly extravagances? Books about them? Utterances from them? Both could be made from their kitchen tables surely! Does an Ex-PM really need an office that costs up to $14,000 a month? They have large homes with room for an office. None lives in a ‘bed-sit’. None even knows what a ‘bed-sit’ is! Maybe they should become pensioners and find out.

Just so I am being even handed here – according to the 2010 figures Keating was in fact the most frugal as he keeps staffing costs low by engaging people on a part-time and ad hoc basis.

Each former PM is entitled to at least two staff, including a senior private secretary, and the annual wages bill of each is nearly $300,000. Mr Keating saves about $70,000 a year by using staff as he needs them instead of full time appointees.

However, new figures have come to light revealing that in the seven months after leaving office, Mr Howard spent $109,892 on limousine services, evenly split between the government Comcar service and private hire cars. Mr Howard’s office rental was the highest at $13,853 a month, closely followed by former PM Malcolm Fraser, whose 101 Collins St office in Melbourne costs taxpayers $12,122 a month.

Former Labor PMs Whitlam and Hawke have offices on adjacent floors in Sydney’s Potts Point at 100 William St The monthly cost for each is $7464 and $7898 respectively. Mr Keating’s office is also in Potts Point, in Manning St, and costs slightly less at $7434 a month.

The former PMs also have their home and mobile phone bills paid by taxpayers, as well as unlimited allowances for publications, a private self-drive car, and air fares for them and their spouse. (Which really irks in the case of Therese Rein who has $210 million in the bank.

These are in addition to their pensions under the generous former Parliamentary superannuation scheme, which gives them a pension INDEXED TO CURRENT MPs’


The payout they receive depends on their length of service in Parliament, which is accelerated in the case of prime ministers and their final salary.

Each PM can usually expect to receive about 70 per cent of the incumbent’s salary, unless they chose to take a lump sum on retirement. (I thank the Daily Telegraph for doing the hard yards here with the figures and info.)

I have nothing against paying our PM a wage that reflects the importance of their job, but I have lots against them making millions from us when they a) don’t really need it and b) don’t really deserve it anymore.

But now, the ones facing the fiscal axe, are the poor pensioners who have worked and paid tax all their lives! As for the bludgers.. well that’s a whole separate issue.