Furious senators across the board are threatening to vote against Labor legislation after staff cuts

Written by Javed Iqbal

Pocock said the cuts in adviser allocations shortened everyone in the ACT, and “our population is almost as large as Tasmania’s and there are two of us senators, not 12 as in Tassie. The cynical position is that the Prime Minister knows that people will have little sympathy for politicians or employees. “

“If I do not understand legislation and cannot get through it, if it is complex or controversial, it will be very difficult to vote for government legislation.”

The couple also raised concerns that Jenkins’ review of the culture in Parliament House highlighted a lack of staff as something that had contributed to the poor workplace culture and burnout of staff. Both senators called for the cut to be reversed.

Pocock and Lambie’s warning follows a similar warning from Pauline Hanson’s One Nation, which said the standard position would be that its two senators vote against all government legislation.

The only remaining crossbench senator would be United Australia Party’s Ralph Babet.

The new MPs from the lower house, who are due to arrive in Canberra on Tuesday to brief themselves in the 47th parliament, are also furious at the move and are working on a potential joint letter to the prime minister asking him to turn the cut to advisers.

Sophie Scamps, Zoe Daniel, Monique Ryan, Allegra Spender and Kylea Tink all expelled liberal men from Parliament.

Sophie Scamps, Zoe Daniel, Monique Ryan, Allegra Spender and Kylea Tink all expelled liberal men from Parliament.Credit:Jessica Hromas, Penny Stephens, Luis Enrique Ascui, James Alcock, Getty Images

Former Independent MP Tony Windsor said the move showed the government was “petrified” across MPs at the next election.

Goldstein MP Zoe Daniel said that if the Albanians really wanted a better government, then “you will definitely activate the independent cross table instead of noble it and drown it in work”.

“This could backfire on Labor.”

North Sydney MP Kylea Tink said the withdrawal of advisers would hurt her ability to be an effective MP and was “really disappointing”.

I hope for the word ‘suggest’ [in the letter] means that there is a certain opportunity for the staff to be increased, it is a 24/7 job for me and my employees, ”she said.

“Unless there are staff in the Parliamentary Library … dedicated to North Sydney and I can go to them 24/7, I do not think this cut is an appropriate move.”

Mackellar MP Sophie Scamps said the staff cuts “will pose a huge challenge for the bench to effectively carry out the work we are required to do in the federal parliament” and that she will ask the Prime Minister to reconsider the cuts.

Finance Minister Katy Gallagher said she had only had two staff at the advisory level in opposition and that “we are all making cuts and savings”.


“I think it’s a little over $ 1.5 million in terms of manning our side of the House, and we need to be sensible going forward. The budget is in a terrible shape and we all need to tighten the belt up, ”she said.

Cutting the 12 lower house crossbenchers’ advisory allocation from 48 advisers to 15 (Rebekha Sharkie, Helen Haines and Bob Katter have gained two advisers due to their large electorate) would reduce the annual salary bill from $ 6,785,856 to $ 2,120,580 per year, very greater savings than the $ 1.5 million Labor had earned.

Advisors play a crucial role in analyzing draft legislation, working through amendments, meeting stakeholders and voters, and dealing with the media.

In 2010, former Prime Minister Julia Gillard assigned independent MPs an adviser each with a maximum salary of $ 141,372 a year. It was raised to three advisers under Malcolm Turnbull and then four under Scott Morrison.

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