Are Our Taxes Paying For The World’s Fattest Fat Cats?
Adam Creighton, writing in today’s Australian, reports on the obscene amounts of hard earned taxpayer funds paying for public service bureaucrats:
“The head of the Department of Climate Change — one of many departments of dubious value — is set to earn at least $700,000 a year by 2014, a 39 per cent pay rise in two years…The secretary of the Prime Minister’s department will get $825,000 a year, more than any other and a 50 per cent pay rise.
These increases are preposterous. For instance, the head of the US Treasury earns less than $200,000 a year and the Bank of England governor is paid about pound stg. 310,000 ($487,000). These are roles where the need to attract talent is surely at least as pressing…
The profusion of senior executive service personnel, the 2790 bureaucrats in Canberra who typically earn between $200,000 and $360,000 a year, is even starker. Their number remained broadly flat between 1984 and 2001, but since then their ranks have almost doubled. Entire suburbs of Sydney and Melbourne are paying tax to support these jobs.”
We decided to do a quick google search to compare the most recent salaries from some other politicians and bureaucrats in the US and UK to what is being proposed for our bureaucrats in 2014. Here are the results:
|Bill Daley||White House Chief of Staff||USA||$167,000|
|Tim Geithner||Secretary of the Treasury||USA||$186,000|
|Ben Bernanke||Chairman, Federal Reserve Bank||USA||$194,000|
|Gen. Martin Dempsey||Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff||USA||$215,000|
|David Cameron||Prime Minister of the United Kingdom||UK||$224,000|
|Jeremy Heywood||Permenant Secretary, Prime Minister’s Office||UK||$244,000|
|Sir John Sawers||Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service||UK||$268,000|
|Sir Gus O’Donnell||Cabinet Secretary||UK||$376,000|
|Barack Obama||President of the United States||USA||$390,000|
|Mervyn King||Governor of the Bank of England||UK||$487,000|
|Blair Comley||Secretary, Department of Climate Change||Australia||$700,000|
|Dr Paul Grimes||Secretary Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population||Australia||$700,000|
|Dr Martin Parkinson||Secretary of the Treasury||Australia||$805,000|
|Dr Ian Watt||Secretary, Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet||Australia||$825,000|
This is a disgrace.
We will be publishing a more comprehensive list in the coming weeks.