Date of Award
Master of Arts (Politics and Government)
School of Education
Community Services, Education and Social Sciences
Dr. Harry Phillips
The Western Australian Payment oJ Members Act 1900 was promulgated upon two tenets, namely, that Members of Parliament should be compensated for their services 10 society and that other Australian colonies were already receiving some form of compensation. The premise stipulated that all people, regardless of economic background should be given an opportunity to fulfil the honourable duly of a Representative. Remuneration in this thesis covers the minimalist advent of Parliamentary Remuneration whereby MPs were compensated by way of a basic salary to the current multifaceted Parliamentary Remuneration which encompasses various structures, processes and is often overarched by complicated determinative methodologies. Remuneration was the original term given for the payment of services rendered. The contemporary understanding of Remuneration extends to salary, superannuation ;Ind an additional raft of entitlements. Since the form of Parliamentary Remuneration has evolved, so too has public disputation grown over the various entitlements that MPs receive. Parliamentary Remuneration has become a highly contentious issue. However, despite the nature of the topic there is a surprising absence of research on the topic. This study is the only known historical and analytical account of Parliamentary Remuneration that has been written apart from reports prcpared by Governmental agencies or Parliamentary Remuneration tribunals. The Questfor a Formula will review the historical remunerative determinations that have occurred within Western Australia since the turn of the 20th Century, contrasting the findings of this study against historical experiences that can be drawn from other democratic-Commonwealth countries such as Britain and Canada. For comparison the thesis will also investigate how various enterprises, both public and private, remunerate their employees in accordance to various performance management indicators
Britton, Michael J., "The quest for a formula : parliamentary remuneration in Western Australia" (2005). Theses: Doctorates and Masters. Paper 397.