Explanatory Statement Assembly Members and Statutory Officers (Remuneration and Other Entitlements) Bill 2015 (Serial 115)
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Tabled by Adam Giles
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LEGISLATION SUMMARY BRIEF ASSEMBLY MEMBERS AND STATUTORY OFFICERS (REMUNERATION AND OTHER ENTITLEMENTS) AMENDMENT BILL 2015 Purpose of Bill This Bill amends the Assembly Members and Statutory Officers (Remuneration and Other Entitlements) Act to provide the NT Remuneration Tribunal with the power to determine the salaries of Members of the Legislative Assembly, including office holders. This will replace the current mechanism whereby movements in MLA salaries are directly linked to movements in NT Public Sector wages. This legislative change has been recommended by the NT Remuneration Tribunal. Key Features of Bill The Bill provides that the Tribunal cannot determine basic salary to be more than 80% of that which a Federal MP is entitled, thus establishing a salary ceiling which the Tribunal cannot exceed in determining basic salary. This figure is based on expert opinion provided by Mercer, a company specialising in remuneration assessment. The Tribunal will also have the power to determine additional salary of office for MLA office holders, and to determine the list of office holders who are entitled to additional salary. The Tribunal will be required to take into account the following matters when determining MLA salaries: The nature of the duties and obligations of an MLA or office holder Consumer Price Index movements public sector wage policies parliamentary salaries in other Australian jurisdictions. The Tribunal may take into account other matters it considers relevant to parliamentary remuneration setting. List of stakeholders outside of Government consulted Nil. Beneficiaries of the legislation There is a broad community benefit from having an independent, expert Tribunal determine parliamentary salaries.
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