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Coronavirus: Jacinda Ardern will take a 20 per cent pay cut to pay for stimulus package

By June 27, 2020 No Comments
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has signalled Federal Government ministers won’t follow their New Zealand counterparts in taking a pay cut to assist the budget amid a looming recession due to COVID-19.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced all ministers and public service chiefs will take a 20 per cent pay cut for six months.
Treasure Josh Frydenberg (left) said Australian ministers will not take a pay cut to assist the budget as they have done in NZ.(AAP)
Mr Frydenberg played down suggestions Australia should follow suit.
“We have frozen the pay increases for politicians here and for public servants,” he told reporters in Canberra today.
“That’s the action we have taken.”
Ms Ardern said the pay cut was about showing leadership rather than making a meaningful change to the budget.
“It’s an acknowledgement of the hit many New Zealanders are taking right now,” she said.
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