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He wanted to attend an offshore wedding. But Child Support had other ideas.

$117K child debt keeps dad at home

CHRIS THOMSON

A father who owes more than $117,000 in child maintenance was yesterday blocked from attending his brother’s wedding in India.

In Brisbane yesterday, Administrative Appeals Tribunal senior member Bernard McCabe rejected Frank Botel’s plea to overturn a Child Support Registrar decision of January 22 not to let him go while the massive debt hangs over his head.

The Registrar referred to several matters which, if true, might indicate Mr Botel was an unacceptable flight-risk.

Mr Botel insisted he was not a flight-risk, and still called Australia home. While acknowledging he has a French passport, he said most of his family live in Australia and he would not leave them behind.

In a written decision, Mr McCabe said he was not satisfied Mr Botel was unlikely to return to Australia within a reasonable timeframe.

“He appears to retain a strong connection with family members, most obviously his elderly mother, who almost all reside in Australia,” Mr McCabe noted.

“The applicant has a significant child support liability, and he was unable to explain how that liability would be discharged given his limited means.

“While his means are limited, it is unclear whether the whole amount of that liability would be completely irrecoverable.

Mr McCabe added that Mr Botel continues to make periodic payments, and he has indicated he has the capacity to make a lump-sum payment, albeit not for the full amount of the debt, out of funds provided by family members.

Mr Botel offered $15,000 to be paid by his mother as security that he would return.

But the Registrar said a payment in that amount was not appropriate security.

“I agree with the Registrar,” Mr McCabe concluded.

“Mr Botel’s child support liability currently exceeds $117,000.

“He says he is taking steps to challenge that assessment, although that process has taken longer than he hoped because of limited resources and mental health issues.

“Unless and until he successfully challenges the assessment, it must be accepted he continues to owe a significant amount, and that amount is growing.

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Single biggest donation ever to Perth's southern suburbs university.

Centenarian leaves $3 million to Murdoch

STAFF REPORTER

A 103-year-old war veteran who died in Feburary has bequeathed $3 million to support medical, health and agricultural research at Murdoch University.

Alan Villiers Peacocke (pictured) had supported scholarships at Murdoch for almost 20 years.

Murdoch University’s Acting Vice Chancellor Professor Andrew Taggart said Mr Peacocke’s gift was the largest single bequest the university had received.

Mr Peacocke was born in 1911 and as a young man he worked in the Wheatbelt before enlisting in the 2/28 Battalion of the Australian Imperial Forces in December 1940.

He departed for the Middle East in January 1941 and returned by hospital ship to Australia in July 1942. He was discharged from the AIF in 1946.

He moved from Perth to Tasmania for the cooler climate but maintained connections to Perth through his sister Iris, who remained in Maylands all her life.

Originally working for the Prices Commission, he was soon transferred to the Repatriation Department (now the Department of Veteran Affairs) where he worked for 30 years.

Mr Peacocke was well known for his passion for gardening and active support of the community through the Causeway Club, the Midway Progress Association and the Sorrell Gardening Club. .

Mr Peacocke and his father shared an admiration for the writings of Sir Walter Murdoch so when he inherited his sister’s estate, he was inspired to contact Murdoch University to discuss how he might support students and research.

In 1999, Mr Peacocke and Murdoch University established the Alan and Iris Peacocke Research Foundation to support doctoral research scholarships in the areas of agriculture, horticulture and medical research.

PhD student Caroline Nilson, who is the current recipient of the scholarship, said it was invaluable to her study.

“The Alan & Iris Peacocke scholarship not only enabled me to devote three years to full-time study, but it enabled me to support an Aboriginal community to develop a community owned and controlled health promotion program, which continues to run today,” Ms Nilson said.

Over the past 20 years Mr Peacocke donated more than $300,000 to Murdoch to support PhD scholarships and the development of the university’s Institute of Immunology and Infectious Diseases.

Mr Peacocke also chose to make a bequest to Murdoch so that the Alan and Iris Peacocke Research Foundation would continue to fund research scholarships in perpetuity and to support other Murdoch projects.

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Taj on the Swan counted among their assets.

Oswals ordered to pay $1.2 million security

CHRIS THOMSON

Onetime Perth billionaires Pankaj and Radhika Oswal have been ordered to pay 1.2 million dollars to the Federal Court as security to cover costs of their legal appeal against tax bills.

The Oswals have been involved in a legal tussle with the Australian Taxation Office over tax assessments from February 2011.

Their appeal against the assessment relates to a capital gains bill linked to shares Pankaj Oswal held in Burrup Holdings in the 2007 financial year.

Before Federal Court judge John Nicholas in Sydney this week, the Oswals’ defence team argued a 1.2 million dollar security payment sought by the ATO was unnecessary as the couple’s assets in Australia exceeded their tax debt, an assertion Justice Nicholas rejected.

Among assets which Justice Nicholas noted the Oswals owned, subject to a mortgage, were the semi-built mansion dubbed by locals as ‘The Taj on the Swan’ at Peppermint Grove which Ms Oswal in 2011 had testified to be worth $40 million.

Another Oswal-owned house in Dalkeith, also under mortgage, was said in 2011 by Mrs Oswal to be worth $4.9 million.

Justice Nicholas noted that both houses in Perth’s leafy western suburbs were subject to mortgages and it was “not possible to say what the value of [the Oswals’ Perth-based assets] are”.

He ordered that the 1.2 million dollars be paid within 28 days as security for the ATO’s costs should the  Oswals lose their appeal.

During the hearing, lawyers for the Oswals confirmed the couple now lived in Dubai.

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‘Axe urban consolidation subsidy’

CHRIS THOMSON

EXCLUSIVE: Apartment dwellers in and around the Perth CBD face a 4.5 per cent rates increase because a subsidy designed to lure them into the city has been deemed to have done its job.

In a report to their political masters, Perth council bureaucrats, who recently stopped putting their names to reports, have recommended that residential rates be increased for East Perth, West Perth the CBD, Northbridge and the part of Crawley that sits in the City of Perth.

The officials advise that residential ratepayers are being subsidised by commercial, hotel, office, and retail ratepayers.

For the upcoming 2015/2016 financial year, the bureaucrats want residential ratepayers to chime in 4.4107 cents per dollar value of their property, compared to the 4.22 cents they currently pay, or an increase of 4.52 per cent.

The officials point out that the current residential rate of 4.22 cents in the dollar is 6.2 per cent lower that the City of Stirling’s rate and a whopping 62.6 per cent cheaper than Victoria Park.

The planned 4.52 per cent rates rise compares to a 1.38 per cent drop in rates planned for commercial property holders, and a 7.7 per cent hike floated for office and vacant land owners.

While Perth’s residential rates subsidy has been in place, cash chimed into council coffers by residential ratepayers has risen from 12.3 per cent of all rates in 2009, to 18.1 per cent today.

“[The residential] category has been the most under-rated,” the bureaucrats lament.

“The classification has continually been cross-subsidised in the interest of encouraging a higher residential population in the city.

“Although the city still wishes to encourage residential development, it is proposed that there be a more equitable distribution of rates revenue towards the cost of providing services in the residential category and the other categories.”

This financial year, the city expects to raise more than $77 million in rates from 16,140 residential, commercial, hotel, office, retail and vacant properties. Residential ratepayers will cough up $13.94 million, or 18.1 per cent of that.

“Residential ratepayers are an essential part of the strategy of encouraging Perth to be a vibrant city,” the bureaucrats reason.

“However, consideration should be given to raising the rate in the dollar to recover a greater proportion of applicable costs to this sector.

“Payment of rates is the main interaction that most ratepayers have with local government.”

A city committee will vote on the officials’ recommendation on Tuesday afternoon, ahead of the rates rise being debated by the full city council at a later date.

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‘Man sledges ATM’

STAFF REPORTER

A 40-year-old Cannington man stands accused of taking to an auto-teller machine with a sledge hammer at the Carousel shopping mall last night.

Police spokeswoman Susan Usher said that about 7:10pm the man allegedly used a sledge hammer to damage an ATM located at Westfield Carousel on Albany Highway in Cannington.

Ms usher said the outside of the machine was damaged but was not breached.

She said a 40-year-old Cannington man would be summonsed to appear in court at a later date charged with criminal damage, and carrying or possessing a weapon other than a controlled or prohibited one with the intent to cause fear.

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Bellevue indeed

CHRIS THOMSON

A $38 million, eight-level condominium with six exclusive apartments offering panoramic views across the CBD and Swan River from beside King’s Park has been slammed by a city committee, despite its potential to redefine luxury living in Perth.

Contrary to notions that apartment blocks are sustainable, the six apartments planned for 10 Bellevue Terrace in West Perth would have 18 resident car bays, if eventually approved.

That number of car bays is twice as many as required by the city.

The bottom apartment, Number 1, would be two storeys high.

The other seven apartments would each occupy one floor and have three bedrooms and a balcony.

The plot the apartments are planned for is jammed between the house of the US Consul general, and an eight-level apartment block.

kings park luxury apartmentsA render of the condo (left) shows some kind of sports car, a red one no less, and probably a Porsche, parked outside. Another indication of the condos’ target market is provided by a second render (above, right) that shows a midlife crisis-style white Mercedes in the foreground.

Despite dripping with luxury, the design has been slammed by a City of Perth committee which has concerns over the building’s aesthetic quality, given its mooted positioning in such a “prominent and prestigious location”.

“The site demands a well-resolved, finely detailed elegant building that utilises appropriate and high quality materials,” the committee has unanimously decreed.

“The front facade is considered to be an aggressive design element that requires a more sensitive response to the streetscape.”

An existing mock Tudor McMansion on the block would need to be bowled to allow erection of the plush condo. Only an existing swimming pool would remain.

The plans are yet to be considered by the city’s elected officials.

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Vincent gets its sums wrong – again

CHRIS THOMSON

Fresh from a $6.4 million accounting bungle that has cost its ratepayers promised services, the City of Vincent today owned up to a tenfold error in its estimation of a landowner’s obligation to pay for public art.

Last month, oneperth.com.au revealed that the city’s new Chief Executive Officer Len Kosova was furiously trying to identify savings to extract the city from a parlous financial position caused by a $6.4 million error in its 2014/15 budget.

That multi-million dollar miscalculation has cost Vincent ratepayers key services, as the city tries to claw its way back to a balanced budget by June 30 next year.

BAPTISM OF FIRE

Extracting his council from the financial black hole is a baptism of fire for Mr Kosova who is so new to the CEO’s seat that his photograph is yet to be added to the city’s website.

His report into the council accounting fiasco stressed that the $6.4 million discrepancy in the city’s books had predated his employment at the city.

Now, however, oneperth.com.au has learned that on Mr Kosova’s watch his officials advised their political masters to approve the imposition of a $300,000 public art fee on the developer of a $2.95 million apartment block at the corner of Loftus and Galwey streets in Leederville.

The recommended $300,000 fee was 10 times the amount actually due under the council’s Percent for Art policy.

ERROR OF THEIR WAYS

If the recommendation had made it through to tonight’s council meeting and been approved, developer Anchor Holdings Pty Ltd, owned by Patrick Doran-Wu, would have been expected to pay $270,000 more for public art than it would normally be required to.

Fortunately for Mr Doran-Wu, city staff today saw the error of their ways, and published a corrected recommendation proposing that the correct public art fee of $29,568 be approved.

Photo: ‘Orderinchaos’, Wikimedia Commons.

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City-of-Vincent

City of Vincent in financial crisis

CHRIS THOMSON

EXCLUSIVE: The inner Perth City of Vincent is in financial crisis, core services and programs may be slashed, and the state government has stepped in thanks to a bumbling council budget error that counted a $3.2 million deficit as a surplus.

oneperth.com.au can reveal that Vincent’s new Chief Executive Officer Len Kosova is furiously cobbling together a report to identify cost cutting measures to extract the city from its parlous financial position.

PLEASE EXPLAIN

On July 31, the Department of Local Government and Communities sent Vincent mayor John Carey a ‘please explain’ letter regarding the error in the city’s 2014/15 annual budget which incorrectly listed a $3,199,779 deficit as a surplus.

The department has demanded a response from the city by August 31 and requested the city to outline measures to plug the deficit and achieve a balanced budget by June 30 next year.

In response, Mr Carey and Mr Kosova met with senior state officials on August 5, and Mr Kosova has started reviewing the city’s operating and capital budgets to identify savings.

$6 MILLION DEFICIT

If not addressed, the error could result in a council budget deficit of $6,399,558 at June 30 next year.

Mr Kosova has told the council that erasing the $6.4 million deficit will hit Vincent’s 2014/15 capital works program and may also see the city’s services and programs slashed.

“There is a risk that some core services and programs may be affected by these budget measures,” he has told his political masters.

“Although the Department of Local Government and Communities has requested the city to implement strategies to eliminate the deficit and achieve a balanced budget position by 30 June 2015, there is some risk that this will not be achievable due to the size of the deficit to be recovered.”

Mr Kosova estimates the risk to be a medium-to-high one.

FIVE YEARS OF UNFORECAST DEFICITS

“Cost savings required to address the budget deficit may result in a reduction of some core services, programs and projects that were intended to be carried out in the 2014/15 financial year for the benefit of the community,” he confides.

“The recent correspondence received from the Department of Local Government and Communities has brought to light the fact that the department has previously (in correspondence from January 2014, April 2013 and January 2013) raised questions regarding the city’s financial position and reporting discrepancies.”

Mr Kosova has presented figures that show the past five annual budgets intended to achieve a balanced end of year position, but in each year the actual end of year position was a deficit ranging from $2.2 million to $3.8 million.

BAPTISM OF FIRE

“If this trend were to continue in the 2014/15 financial year, it would only exacerbate any budget deficit resulting from the transposing error discussed earlier,” Mr Kosova has stressed.

His report to the August 26 Vincent council meeting will identify measures to extract Vincent from its sticky financial situation by June 30.

Cleaning up the mess is a baptism of fire for Mr Kosova who is so new to the CEO’s seat that his photograph is yet to be added to the city’s website.

Photo: ‘Orderinchaos’, Wikimedia Commons.

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New Kwinana Freeway fixed speed camera

STAFF REPORTER

A new, fifth fixed speed camera was unveiled today between the Farrington Road on-ramp and the South Street off-ramp on the Kwinana Freeway at Murdoch.

Police Minister Liza Harvey said the Kwinana Freeway fixed speed camera would be the only one operating with dual remote cameras that can take a photo of both the front and the back of speeding vehicles.

“Since 1995, there have been six fatal crashes and a further 25 serious crashes along this stretch of the freeway,” Mrs Harvey said.

She said mobile speed cameras near the site of the new fixed one detected about 18 per cent of vehicles travelling over the speed limit.

Speed camera warning signs have been erected through the section of freeway and along preceding on-ramps.

The other fixed speed cameras are on the Kwinana Freeway at Como, Mitchell Freeway at Innaloo and Roe Highway at Willeton.

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Race for Lucky Kalaf’s fortune

CHRIS THOMSON

EXCLUSIVE: Three years after the death of Perth’s onetime king of bookmaking, his jailed son has launched Supreme Court action to claw back some of the substantial proceeds of his father’s will.

Emanuel ‘Lucky’ Kalaf, 76, died from colon cancer in 2011. Since 1955, Mr Kalaf had been a prominent bookie at Perth’s racetracks. Between 2001 and 2009 he was president of the WA Bookmakers’ Association.

Now, assisted by the Public Advocate, Mr Kalaf’s jailed and mentally ill son, Michael, has been given the green light to contest his father’s will despite his application being two-and-a-half years out of time.

In a written decision delivered today, Supreme Court Master Craig Sanderson noted: “Those who invested with Mr Kalaf would not be surprised to learn that he died leaving a substantial estate.”

The decision explains that Michael suffers chronic paranoid schizophrenia, and at the time of his father’s death he was in custody. Michael is still in prison, and Master Sanderson considered there was no evidence before him to suggest Michael would ever be fit to manage his own affairs.

“The officer of the Public Trustee who had conduct of Michael Kalaf’s affairs was James Alexander Gladstone Smith,” Master Sanderson added.

“Mr Smith has told the court that in September 2011 he was contacted by Mr Kalaf’s daughter Despene Sattler who told him Mr Kalaf had died.”

Mrs Sattler is the wife of controversial former 6PR radio announcer Howard Sattler.

Mr Smith said Mrs Sattler undertook to give him a copy of the will, but she did not, and he took no further action.

It was not until last year when Michael’s file was reviewed that Mr Smith got in touch with Mr Kalaf’s other daughter Leanne Mallis.

Master Sanderson noted: “It is difficult to see how this matter could have been left to drift the way it was”.

‘ANYONE’S GUESS’

Mrs Sattler and Mrs Mallis received the bulk of their father’s estate.

But in a bequest that Master Sanderson described as “vague”, Mr Kalaf did make some provision for Michael in the will.

“Really, it is anyone’s guess what that clause might mean,” Master Sanderson opined.

“Certainly in comparison with his sisters he received very little from the estate.”

Master Sanderson noted that Mr Smith had understood the extent of Michael’s disability.

“From his initial discussion with Mrs Sattler he must have been aware there was only limited provision made in the deceased’s will for Michael Kalaf,” Master Sanderson added.

“That suggested he should have moved quickly to obtain a copy of the will and subsequently the grant of probate.

“It might have been expected he would have undertaken negotiations with the executor and the beneficiaries to see whether some further provision for Michael Kalaf could have been arranged.

“The fact he did nothing is remarkable.”

For their part, Mrs Sattler and Mrs Mallis have sworn they kept Mr Smith up to date with progress on managing their father’s estate.

“It is worthy of note that were the evidence of Mrs Sattler and [Mrs Mallis] to be accepted the conduct of Mr Smith and through him the Public Trustee is even more difficult to explain,” Master Sanderson concluded.

The case continues.

Photo: Tsutomu Takasu, Wikimedia Commons

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Landlords deceived

STAFF REPORTER

A former property manager who deceived landlords in the southern Perth suburbs of Mt Pleasant, Willeton and Yangebup has been fined $10,000 after being convicted of breaches of state and federal law.

Josephine Wei-Wei Liau of Mount Pleasant pleaded guilty on March 7 to 16 charges of breaching the Australian Consumer Law, and WA’s Fair Trading Act, Real Estate and Business Agents Act and Residential Tenancies Act over a two year period.

The offences related to misrepresentations Liau made as an employee of a real estate agency and after she left the agency in January, 2011.

The state consumer protection agency told the court that Liau’s misrepresentations included telling owners of properties in Yangebup and Mount Pleasant that she was representing the agency when in fact the agency had no record of the properties being under their management.

Liau used the agency’s logo in statements sent to the owners. Under the Australian Consumer Law it is an offence to make a false or misleading representation regarding affiliation.

She misrepresented to owners the amount of rent that was actually being paid.

The Mount Pleasant tenant was paying weekly rent of $950 while the owner of the property believed only $800 was being paid.

The Yangebup tenant was paying $380 in weekly rent while the owner was advised that $350 rent was being paid. When the tenant’s rent was subsequently increased to $400, the owner understood the rent payments had remained the same.

In both cases, Ms Liau retained the difference and, when confronted by the owners, returned the rental income they were owed.

Liau made a similar misrepresentation regarding a water bill for a Willetton property.

Charges included demanding six months’ rent in advance totalling more than $30,000 from the Mount Pleasant tenant, when only two weeks’ rent in advance is allowed, and taking longer than 14 days to lodge bonds with the Bond Administrator.

Liau advised clients she had a real estate agent’s licence when she only held a certificate of registration as a property manager from March 2010 and March 2013, a misrepresentation which was in breach of the Real Estate and Business Agents Act.

Magistrate Felicity Zempilas said the offences were serious and owners had the right to feel protected in relation to their property, and bonds are required to be held in a safe place. An application for a spent conviction was refused.

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Property men feud over mansion expansion

CHRIS THOMSON

Two Perth real estate magnates are going toe to toe over how close each should be allowed to build to the other’s Peppermint Grove mansion.

Last month, oneperth.com.au revealed plans by Perth real estate mogul Nigel Satterley to supersize his Federation-era mansion on The Esplanade in Australia’s poshest local council area, Peppermint Grove.

Now, Mr Satterley’s next door neighbour, Marcus Plunkett, of Plunkett Homes fame, is getting in on the act with a mansion expansion of his own.

Mr Plunkett who last year paid about $9 million for his Federation-era bungalow at 58 The Esplanade has commissioned Giorgi Exclusive Homes to demolish the heritage-listed hacienda and erect a new, two-storey mansion on his 2278sqm property.

plunkett mansion peppermint groveBut, in a submission to the Shire of Peppermint Grove, a heritage architect employed by Mr Satterley argues Mr Plunkett’s new mansion (pictured, left and inset) would be too close to the Satterley house.

On behalf of Mr Plunkett, Michael Swift, a principal of Cardno consultants, claims the Satterley submission seeks “extensive additional setbacks” at one point of the property boundary that have no policy or scientific basis.

“This request disregards that the Satterley dwelling is and will be several metres away from the common boundary and also that the Satterley proposal that is currently before the shire proposes a zero site setback at a point quite close to where the Satterleys are requesting that the Plunkett dwelling be set back 3.5m from the same boundary,” Mr Swift opines.

The Satterley submission argues that Mr Plunkett’s existing mansion should not be bowled, and that the “proposed dominant new dwelling overwhelms the adjacent heritage listed residence at No 56 The Esplanade …”.

The Plunkett submission claims the shire’s heritage consultant Philip Griffiths has made a “freeform” comment that the new mansion should be of lighter, more contemporary design, and this comment is “manifestly out of step with the expectations of adjoining residents”.

In a report to his political masters, Shire of Peppermint Grove development services manager Michael Whitbread hits back on behalf of Mr Griffiths by arguing the heritage consultant’s recommendation was an objective one aimed at reducing the visual impact of the “large and bulky building proposed to be next to single storey heritage dwellings”.

Mr Whitbread advises that Mr Plunkett’s planned mansion would blight The Esplanade’s streetscape.

He adds that the design type of the “historicist” building is “quite massive in relation to its more delicate neighbours”.

Mr Whitbread has therefore recommended that Mr Plunkett’s dream home be refused when Peppermint Grove council meets on March 25.

 

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Satterley supersizes his mansion

CHRIS THOMSON

Plans by property mogul Nigel Satterley and his wife Denise to add two storeys to their $17.5 million mansion have been given the thumbs’ up by Peppermint Grove shire planners.

In August last year the Satterleys paid $17.5 million for ‘Chiritta’, which since the late 1890s has overlooked the River Swan from 56 The Esplanade in Peppermint Grove.

nigel satterley mansionThe limestone and tile mansion is on the Shire of Peppermint Grove’s heritage list, and shire planners have recommended that an extensive overhaul of the property be approved when their political masters meet on February 25.

If approved, and renovated to plan, the mansion will have three levels with more features than you can poke a stick from a Peppermint tree at.

The first floor (pictured, left) will include massive games and TV rooms, a huge study, and landing, as pictured, left.

nigel satterley mansionThe ground floor (pictured, right) will feature four bedrooms, living room, two ante chambers, entry hall, laundry, sitting room, two dressing rooms, kitchen/dining room, family room, new verandah with “power screens”, three bathrooms, a living room, outdoor dining area with vaulted ceiling that looks out to a patio with motorised awning cover, another kitchen, barbecue area, and a pond with motorised pond cover.

nigel satterley mansionThe subterranean, lower ground level (pictured, left) will feature a five-car garage with its own car turntable, a display cellar, regular cellar, shower, caretaker’s room with shower and toile, two store rooms and a “hall of heritage doors”.

The three levels will be serviced by an elevator.

Only one of the Satterleys’ neighbours has objected to the expansion of the mansion.

The renovation rescue is the brainchild of Michael Suttor Architects of the Sydney suburb of Waverley, known in some rarified circles as ‘the Peppermint Grove of the east’.

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How much is your MP worth?

CHRIS THOMSON

The Salaries and Allowances Tribunal will soon survey a random sample of no less than 400 Western Australians to gauge what they think about their state politicians and how much they get paid.

Every year the tribunal inquires into the pay of members of Parliament and seeks community input.

But, despite the monopoly tabloids‘ obsession with MP pay, the tribunal’s annual request for public submissions falls largely on deaf ears.

To get a greater community response, the tribunal will soon engage a social researcher to design a web survey to determine Western Australia’s understanding and expectations of the work value and remuneration of state MPs.

The survey will also examine community expectations of MPs’ working hours and levels of responsibility.

The survey will be 15 to 25 questions long, and be targeted at no fewer than 400 randomly-selected sandgropers, no fewer than 25 per cent and no more than 30 per cent of whom will be from regional areas.

A sample survey whipped up by the tribunal, and subject to change before the random 400 get polled, follows:

“1. Thinking about the Western Australian Parliament, could you tell about how many days a year the Parliament meets? Is it:

i. 20 days

ii. 40 days

iii. 60 days

iv. More than 60 days

2. Again, thinking about the Western Australian Parliament, do you think that Members of Parliament work:

i. About 30 hours a week

ii. About a 40 hours a week

iii. About 50 hours a week

iv. More than 50 hours a week

3. Again, thinking about the Western Australian Parliament, what are the three most important skills that a Member of Parliament needs in order to do the work of a Member? Do they include:

i. Listening to the community

ii. Being able to speak well

iii. Being able to represent the needs of the community to the government

iv. Being able to resolve local problems

v. Getting things done for the state

vi. other

4. Thinking now about how much a Member of Parliament is paid each week, do you think it is:

i. Less than $1500 a week

ii. Between $1500 and $2500 a week

iii. Between $2500 and $3500 a week

iv. Between $3500 and $4000 a week

v. More than $4000 a week

5. Do you think that the present level of salaries for Members of the WA Parliament are :

i. Too low

ii. Somewhat too low

iii. About right

iv. Somewhat too high

v. Too high

6. Thinking about superannuation now, do you know if Members of the WA Parliament are paid superannuation:

i. At the amount of 9.25% employer contribution required by law

ii. At 12.5% employer contribution

iii. More than 12.5% employer contribution (please state)

7. Do you think that the present superannuation arrangements for Members of the WA Parliament are:

i. Too low

ii. Somewhat too low

iii. About right

iv. Somewhat too high

v. Too high

8. Comparing these arrangements with those for most Western Australian employees, do you think it is:

i. Much less favourable

ii. About the same

iii. Much more favourable

9. Thinking again about the work of a Member of Parliament, do you feel:

i. Not at all informed about their work

ii. Not too informed

iii. Somewhat informed

iv. Well-informed

10. Thinking again about the responsibilities of a Member of Parliament (back bencher) what occupation would you liken them to:

i. School Principal

ii. Police Senior Sergeant

iii. Small business manager

iv. Mid sized company COE

v. Lawyer

vi. Other (please state)

11. I’d like now to ask you for some information about your education and income. This information is confidential and is used to assist in analysing the information gained from the survey.

A. What is your highest level of education:

i. Primary

ii. Secondary

iii. Tertiary

B. Approximately, what is the total income of your household:

i. Use ABS categories

C. Are you:

i. Male

ii. Female

12. What is your postcode?

Thank you for your cooperation.”

A base grade state backbencher pockets $148,638 a year, plus a minimum electorate allowance of $67,000 a year, and lease of a car for work and private use to the value of $25,000 a year.

Photo: ‘Nachoman-au, Wikimedia Commons

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