Health Minister and Member for Southern Downs Lawrence Springborg has said the state's politicians are "effectively" copping a pay freeze under Premier Campbell Newman, as anger continues to boil over government job cuts.
Mr Springborg yesterday responded to questions from the Sunshine Coast Daily about the local effect of the government's jobs razor gang, side-stepping a suggestion that he and his parliamentary colleagues share the pain of public servants by taking a pay cut.
But the local MP said Mr Newman was refusing to confirm a federally-recommended pay rise for state politicians, meaning they were being hit with a pay freeze similar to that which the Premier has accused unions of ruling out.
"There is no decision on a pay rise, it hasn't been passed down and in fact we did have a pay freeze for two years under Kevin Rudd," Mr Springborg said.
"This state's finances are in diabolical trouble and those of us in government understand this is a very uncertain time for employees.
"But I haven't had one local (employee) say to me they don't believe there is a need for action on state debt."