In light of the impending increase for our “performing” parliamentarians, it is worthwhile to know that the prime minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, has just turned down a recommended US$12,000 pay rise. She said it wasn’t acceptable and has moved to freeze MP’s salaries for a year.

“We do not believe, given that we are on the upper end of the salary scale, that we should be receiving that kind of salary increase,” she said. “Because we, of course, are already on a high income.... One of the things we’ve been trying to bridge as a government is the fact that we see these increases at the top end of the scale, without the same increase at the end of the scale where most New Zealanders sit.”

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