Member for Orange Phil Donato has slammed a pay rise for the NSW Police Commissioner as a decision "out of touch" with thousands upon thousands of people without jobs across the state.
It was revealed this week NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller was handed a hefty pay rise to bring his salary to just under $650,000 a year - $100,000 more than Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
"It beggars belief that while there are now hundreds of thousands of people out of work and without income as a result of government restrictions imposed to combat the pandemic that the same government would approve a significant and unwarranted pay rise for NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller," Mr Donato said.
"The fat cat bureaucrats and senior executives have it pretty cushy and are paid very well for what they do, but now everyone needs to tighten their belts and help with the lifting."
Last month Mr Donato's Shooters, Fishers and Farmers colleague Robert Borsak called for a wage freeze for all politicians, bureaucrats and senior executives, which the Orange MP backed.
He said it was untenable for the government to increase wages for senior civil servants and not for frontline workers in emergency services.
"This proves the Premier and her Liberal National Government are completely out of touch and that they only care about the top end of town," Mr Donato said.
"We shouldn't put up with this, it's not the Aussie way and we need to look after those who are doing it tough financially, not those fat cats who are already on a good wicket."
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