Parliamentarians, or MPs, have been on the receiving end of a significant pay cut for a number of years now.
As of April 2018, the average MP earned a base salary of $180,000.
But the amount of money MPs receive depends on the size of their parliamentary party and the size and scope of their work.
For example, a full-time MP can earn up to $120,000 annually.
But when the number of MPs in a party is larger, they get more pay.
The MPs with the largest parties can make as much as $180 million.
It’s a tough balancing act.
But MPs are making up for lost time.
The Australian Taxation Office, which is responsible for assessing MPs’ pay, has announced a new policy that will see MPs’ annual pay reduced by 0.3 per cent each year until 2020.
That means MPs who have been in Parliament for a decade will earn less.
That will also include MPs who were elected to the House of Representatives, who will get less than the MP they were elected for.
The Australian Electoral Commission has announced that MPs will see a significant salary cut over the next five years.
It will be a 0.7 per cent cut across the board from 2017-2021.
But there is another option for MPs who want to increase their salaries, which the Government has said will be made available to them.
In a press release, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said it would be possible for MPs to increase the base salary to a more reasonable level over the coming years, by working more or longer hours or, if they are highly experienced, by pursuing additional roles in government.
What do MPs have to do to secure more pay?
In some cases, MPs have chosen to take a different route to get more money.
Some have chosen not to work in Parliament at all.
In some cases the decision has been made to work more for their constituency or state or Territory office.
Others have opted to become more involved with the broader community.
One thing that has remained constant in Parliament over the past five years has been the perception that the salary paid to MPs is not enough.
The Government has set a target of reducing MPs’ base salary from $180k to $150k, which would make it $80,000 less than it was last year.
But some MPs have argued that their salary is the least of their problems.
I think what’s happened to MPs over the last five years is that they’ve done a very poor job of speaking out and talking about pay and it’s been quite an embarrassing situation for them,” Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said.
It’s the way that we are paid that’s broken.
We pay our MPs very little, and they have gone about their business as if they’re the best and most powerful people in the world, and we are left to see them on the sidelines and see how we pay for this.
Mr Shorten has previously said he believes the Government should abolish the Parliamentary Assistant Fee, which paid MPs $80 a day to perform administrative tasks.
How can I help?”
I think the whole problem with the Parliamentary assistant fee is the fact that we’re not paid the amount that we should be paid for our work,” Mr Shorten told ABC Radio.
How can I help?
If you or someone you know is struggling to make ends meet, you can find out more about the Government’s pay package by calling the Parliamentary Secretariat on 1300 226 004.
You can also visit their website, which shows what MPs are earning and how much money they earn.
You can find information on how to apply for the Parliamentary Salary Allowance and the other income-related entitlements, including child benefit, disability benefits, pension, housing, and health, in the Parliamentary Salaries and Allowances website.