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To: All Federal MPs and Senators
Politicians, donate your raise
Taxpayers just gave us all a pay rise and a tax cut. Give it back. Donate your raise.
Why is this important?
On July 1, 226 Federal MPs and Senators received a pay rise and a tax cut – including me.
I didn’t want it. But because it’s set by an independent tribunal, I can't reject it. None of us can.
All we can do is decide what to do with it.
We’re paid well for the job we do. The annual salary of an Opposition backbencher is more than 98 per cent of Australians make in a year. We can’t really claim that we need an extra $5,000 or more.
But there are plenty of people in our local communities who do. There are pensioners who are shivering in their homes because they’re worried about being able to pay their electricity bill. There are students who can’t pay for their textbooks. There are parents who aren’t opening their mail because they know what’s inside is a Final Notice.
I know what that feels like. I’ve met them. I’ve been there too.
They're why I don’t think the best way to spend this money is by giving it to a bunch of overpaid MPs and Senators.
The value of my raise and my tax cut was about $4,600. I decided to donate it to my local Make-A-Wish Foundation. It’s going to help sick children in my local community, to help make their dreams come true.
I chose to donate my raise. I’m calling on all Federal MPs and Senators to do the same.
And you can help me, by asking your local representative if they think there’s no better way to spend that $5,000 than on themselves.
Senator Jacqui Lambie
Independent Senator for Tasmania