Are Our Taxes Paying For The World’s Fattest Fat Cats?


Are Our Taxes Paying For The World’s Fattest Fat Cats?

Adam Creighton, writing in “The 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 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.

All behind closed doors and condone by both Labor and Liberal when in government, has made Australian Public Service the national leading non productive taxpayer funded drain on public coffers.

Here are the results:

Name Job Salary ($AUD)
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 Aust $700,000
Dr Paul Grimes Secretary Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population Aust $700,000
Dr Martin Parkinson Secretary of the Treasury Aust $805,000
Dr Ian Watt Secretary, Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet Aust $825,000

In the real world of Australian politics and government, the bureaucrats are running the country with a “Yes Minister” mindset blanketing elected members of parliament by an out of control public service. Do you think that Tony Abbott will have the guts to take back control of the public service, remove the deadwood and massive over staffing of this taxpayer funded disgrace?

Email your members of parliament to find out what views they have concerning Australian public servant receiving 2.5 time the salary of USA President Obama and Britain’s Prime minister extracted from a taxpaying workforce of only 33% of our tiny 23 million people.

This is an outrageous disgrace!

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