Today, our politicians gleefully accepted a rise in their salary. However, the number of days they actually sat in parliament is the second fewest since 1901.
Today is the first of July, the day Scott Morrison (and other Coalition staffers) became eligible for their 2 per cent pay rise. But while our PM is set to earn an extra $10,000 on top of his $538,460 salary, one wonders if our politicians have earned such a thing in a time of stymied growth and electoral apathy.
Well, of course not.
But, check this. According to the official figures, our parliament sat the fewest days since 1934. No shade cast upon on Joseph Lyon’s United Australia Party and the finite days they bothered showing up for work, as that calendar year was when Mildura was named a city, plywood surfboards replaced their solid wood counterparts and QANTAS started flying to Singapore; 1934 must have been a hell of a drug.
However, 2018 presents a series of actual challenges. As the rest of us are never off-the-clock, and we demand far more from our politicians, considering that the division of left and right is so stark, as is the gap between the have and the have-nots, or the disparate gap in what is required in saving the environment and what we’re actually doing, or even something as basic as the quality of everyday life they’ve promised to increase, despite all these challenges, the Senate sat for 26 days.
World War Two even saw the pollies turning up to represent their electorate, with the number of sitting days never sinking below 30 for the duration. This was at a time when we considered surrendering half the country to Japan. Even while the Commonwealth was at risk, our politicians turned up, considering these extraordinary times as business-as-usual.
But not those we voted for. Twenty-six pissing days. Let that sink in.
I realise comparing one to the other is a folly, but if we were to turn up to work for the same amount of years, we’d be dead by April.
Sort yourselves out, you lot.