From ABC, September 7, 2006
New MPs 'deserve' super equality
There is public support for new federal MPs receiving the same superannuation benefits as those elected before 2004.
Two years ago, the maximum employer superannuation contribution for MPs elected after 2004 was cut to 9 per cent.
They also lost their entitlement to a tax-free pension indexed for life, for those who served longer than seven years.
Liberal MP Bruce Baird says new MPs do the same job as the others, and that should be acknowledged.
"It's a pretty unfair situation that you've got two levels of pay," he said.
"There is a payment for people like me who came in under the old system and have a superannuation scheme that's totally different to those people who came in in '04.
"They do the same job and they do the same things and it hasn't been recognised in their pay or compensation."
Labor's treasury spokesman, Wayne Swan, admits some MPs are unhappy but he does not believe it is deterring people from entering politics.
"I don't believe that pay and conditions on their own are the dominant factor that attracts people to politics," he said.
"What attracts people to politics is passion, passion for their country, passion for their policies, passion for their future."