Pasantia is a town of about 12,000 people in eastern New South Wales, about a three-hour drive from Perth.
Its people, including a few retired police officers, work on farms or in the timber industry, and there’s a large school of local children.
But it’s the police force that has the most money in the town.
Its pay rate for an officer is $150,000, and its annual remunerative rate is $100,000.
Its chief constable is paid $180,000 annually.
And its former chief of police is worth more than $3 million.
Police have traditionally been paid a salary of $90,000 but since 2012, the pay rate has gone up to $150 for full-time officers.
And in 2013, a pay rise of up to 15 per cent was announced, and in 2019, the salary was up to 25 per cent.
Police union chief officer Shane Kelly said that was an indication the officers were becoming more visible.
“The officers are becoming more well-known,” he said.
I think the people are seeing them for the good they are, and they are really happy to work for these pay packages.” “
We’ve had some officers leave the force and it’s just been very visible.”
I think the people are seeing them for the good they are, and they are really happy to work for these pay packages.
He said the public would support a change to the system, but only if it was done through the parliament. “
They’ve got to get paid for the hard work they do,” Mr Kelly said.
He said the public would support a change to the system, but only if it was done through the parliament.
Police unions have lobbied for the change for years, but until now, the government has been reluctant to do anything about it.
“It’s something we’ve got our hands tied because the government hasn’t been willing to make it happen,” Mr Walsh said.
A change to pay rates is not the only reason for the increase in pay.
There is a significant increase in pensions and other benefits for officers, and a higher proportion of police are union members.
And some officers are getting better jobs.
Mr Kelly believes the police should be paid better than they are now.
There are also issues of race and ethnicity.
When Pasantians voted to unionise in 2012, it was largely for the first time in a generation.
The previous Labor government introduced the controversial Racial Discrimination Act, which made it illegal to discriminate on the basis of race.
But the new government has brought forward the legislation to allow police officers to become eligible for the National Police Service pension scheme.
The current police chief is a white man from Western Australia.
In 2013, the Pasantian police union also held a protest against the law in Sydney, and has said it will continue to hold protests against it.