Liberal MP Mal Washer said it was “crazy” to freeze politicians’ pay… “The reason I think it’s crazy is … because one of our biggest problems is recruiting good people into politics,” Dr Washer said. Without proper pay, there was a risk only “clowns”, “losers”, “screwballs” and “halfwits” would want to enter politics.
Hahaha. I’m much more concerned about politicians who think that government can and should do things which it can’t and shouldn’t:
“We need highly professional, highly skilled people to run the economy,” he said.
Of course, Washer is right. So the last thing we want is high politician salaries to attract those professional, highly skilled people out of the economy and into the vast sink hole that is Australian politics.