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Question Without Notice No. 347 asked in the Legislative Council on 16 April 2020 by Hon Robin Scott

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on

CORONAVIRUS — MINISTERIAL SALARIES

347. Hon ROBIN SCOTT to the Leader of the House representing the Premier:

New Zealand's Prime Minister has said that she and other ministers will take a 20 per cent pay cut lasting six months to show solidarity with those affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Are the ministers of the WA government considering giving themselves a similar pay cut; and, if not, why not?

Hon SUE ELLERY replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

As the honourable member will be aware, the government has already frozen the pay of all members and senior bureaucrats for four years. This was introduced swiftly in 2017, shortly after we took office. Our responsible financial management has put us in a strong position to respond to external shocks like COVID-19. We will continue to monitor the situation and respond accordingly.