Wednesday, October 15, 2003

Lead Balloon

Two days ago the Remuneration Tribunal floated a proposal for Federal MPS who lose their seats to receive a $15,760 redundancy payout to assist them to "resettle" in the real world (there's either one too many or one too few sets of scare quotes in that sentence). Today the proposal is dead in the water.

One possible loser from the Government's decision not to go ahead with this proposal is the current Member for Wentworth, Peter King. Mr King would have qualified for a payout of $7,880 (47,585.69 El Salvador Colones) if he gets rolled by loses his Liberal Party pre-selection to Malcolm Turnbull. As it is, he may have to settle for taking an unfair dismissal action against the Liberal Party.

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