2017 was a difficult year for many Victorians, with living costs and an ever worsening crime wave putting the living standards of many residents under serious threat. However, even as the state’s tax payers continue to endure the burden which has been placed upon them by the incompetence of the Andrews Government, the state’s politicians have decided to add insult to injury. Figures have recently emerged, revealing that Victoria’s politicians gave themselves a pay rise of 5.3 percent in 2017.
In what was a bipartisan decision, both the Labour and Liberal parties supported the pay rise, which now sees Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews taking home an estimated annual salary of $377,624. This figure is of course in addition to the various additional tax payer funded benefits and entitlements which are provided to the state’s politicians. The pay rise also saw the salaries of state ministers increase to more than $300,000 per year, whilst even the lowest paid back benchers are now earning more than $3200 each week. Victoria’s politicians have taken their constituents for granted for far too long — the people now have a responsibility to stand up and say enough is enough. The future of our society depends on it.