The Parliamentary Salaries and Allowances Determination 2012

The Remuneration Authority have published their 2012 determination. While most people will be unhappy that MPs get paid more than $2 an hour, it is worth noting what the Authority has said:

In recent years, members’ remuneration packages have not kept pace with increases in the cost of living, nor with general wage movements. …

Since fiscal year 2009 general salaries and wages have increased by 5.6% and the Consumers Price Index has increased by 8.0%. Parliamentary salaries (excluding the $2,000 and $5,000 increases in 2010 and 2011 to compensate for the reduction in value of the travel discount entitlements) have increased by only 2.9%.

Taking into account the prevailing adverse economic conditions and the small reduction in assessed value of the travel discount entitlement, the Authority has decided to apply a general increase this year of around 1.9%.

This still leaves members of Parliament receiving lower remuneration increases than the general population.

So what are the new salaries:

  • PM – $419,300
  • Deputy PM – $297,400
  • Cabinet Ministers – $262,700
  • Speaker – $262,700
  • Leader of the Opposition – $262,700
  • Ministers outside Cabinet – $221,400
  • Government Chief Whip – $196,420
  • Members of Executive Council not a full Minister – $192,700
  • Labour Deputy Leader – $188,470
  • Labour Senior Whip – $187,680
  • Deputy Speaker – $185,300
  • Green Party Leader – $178,230
  • Under-Secretaries $171,800
  • NZ First Party Leader – $169,410
  • Green Whip – $168,780
  • Maori Party Leader – $161,220
  • NZ First Whip – $159,960
  • Mana Party Leader – $158,700
  • Assistant Speakers – $158,700
  • National and Labour Junior Whips – $158,700
  • Select Committee Chairs – $158,700
  • Select Committee Deputy Chairs – $149,100
  • Member of Parliament – $144,600

Interestingly they seem to have decided that parties with over 45 MPs can now have a second junior whip funded.

I repeat my earlier point that should not be reviewed annually, but set for each parliamentary term in advance.

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