Disappointing decision on MP's wages Thu 24 May 2012 Lara Giddings Premier The Premier, Lara Giddings, said tonight she was disappointed the Upper House had voted against the State Government's sensible and fair proposal to tie MPs wages to the broader public service. "The State Government still firmly believes that tying MPs salaries to the broader public service is the best way to avoid an artificial windfall gain flowing through from July 1, while ensuring fairness and equity for the future," Ms Giddings said. "I believe that at a time when we have asked the public service to accept a 2 per cent wage agreement in order to deal with tight financial times, it is only fair that politicians accept the same wage restraint. "It is disappointing that the Upper House did not share this view and instead have elected to support an amendment that would freeze MPs wages for one year and refer them to the Industrial Commission for report back in May next year. "My concern has always been that by referring this issue to the Industrial Commission there is a very real danger that politicians will be awarded a pay rise that is out of step with community expectations." Ms Giddings said the State Government does not support the amendment but is still determined to ensure politicians do not receive an inappropriate windfall gain as a result of the current link with Commonwealth salaries which are set to soar on July 1 as a result of changes to the way allowances are calculated. "I will seek further discussions with the Upper House before the next sitting of Parliament in the hope that we can resolve in a fair, equitable and timely way."