Queensland’s attorney-general says a massive pay hike for senior politicians is out of his hands, and is the work of an independent tribunal.
Queensland politicians are unlikely to knock back massive pay rises awarded this week.
The Queensland Independent Remuneration Tribunal handed out pay increases for senior politicians on Thursday.
It means Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie and Premier Campbell Newman will each earn an extra $67,000 a year.
Mr Bleijie was asked on Friday if the government would override the decision with new laws.
But he said the matter was out of his hands.
“The community gave a strong message last year, and that was politicians should not have a say in what their pay is,” he said.
“Politicians have been completely left out of this process now.”
Mr Newman set up the tribunal in July last year.
Public anger forced him to back away from a 42 per cent pay rise for MPs, which was approved by Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney while the premier was on holiday in Vietnam.
Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk, who will get an extra $80,000, is meeting with Labor MPs on Friday to discuss what action, if any, to take on the pay rises.