Stirling Hinchliffe's new $274,000 a year pay packet

Stirling Hinchcliffe was being paid as a normal MP until his pay increase came through today.
Stirling Hinchcliffe was being paid as a normal MP until his pay increase came through today. Brett Wortman / 187286

JUST one month after he resigned as Transport Minister, in the wake of a damning report exposing catastrophic failings at Queensland Rail, Stirling Hinchliffe has been given a hefty pay increase of almost $100,000. 

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk moved the motion to get Mr Hinchliffe his pay increase in Parliament on February 14 - eight days after he resigned as a Minister. 

And it was approved without debate.

The reasoning behind the increase is the extra money Mr Hinchliffe will take home as the Leader of the House. 

The change means where before he would have gone from an annual pay packet of $321,713 a year to a salary of $179,348 a year - he will now earn $274,258. 

The task fell to the Queensland Remuneration Tribunal to work out exactly how much Mr Hinchliffe should get paid - a new pay category had to be created because previously it had been assumed the Leader of the House would also be a Minister.

Under the changes Mr Hinchliffe will earn less than Speaker Peter Wellington but more than Deputy Leader of the Opposition Deb Frecklington. 

A spokesman for the Premier said: "The Member for Sandgate performed extra duties associated with the role of Leader of the House prior to the procedural motion for a period of one week with no extra remuneration."

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