Nambour-based Senator James McGrath has slammed the passing of a Bill in the Senate that would reduce wage increases for Australian Defence Force personnel.
“Our servicemen and women put a lot on the line for their country – a real lot – so I think it’s not only crazy but also very disrespectful for Labor and The Greens to support a Bill that will reduce the pay rates,” Senator McGrath said.
The Bill*, introduced via the Senate by Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie, would link future annual wage increase for ADF staff to those of “Federal Parliamentarians or to CPI” – whichever is higher.
However, Parliamentarians will receive no pay increase in 2014-15 and inflation for 2014 was 1.7% and forecast in 2015 to be 1.25%.
These increases under Senator Lambie’s Bill are less than the 2% proposed by the Australian Government each year for the ADF for next three years.
Senator McGrath was gobsmacked by the sheer stupidity of the Bill and its supporters.
“Labor has criticised the Government for its proposed pay rises for our defence force staff but simply to try to make some sort of smart political point, has actually foolishly supported a Bill that will deliver reduced increases to our soldiers,” he said.
“It’s all very silly, it’s one big sad joke; I really can’t fathom the thinking of these Labor and Greens senators.”
*Defence Amendment (Fair Pay for Members of the ADF) Bill 2014