Does the Australian Prime Minister pay tax on his parliamentary salary?
The Prime Minister speaking from the Despatch Box in the House of Representatives.
The Prime Minister stands and speaks at a box with a microphone in the House of Representatives. There are books on the table in front of him and people sitting on green benches in the background.
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Thanks for the question, Michelle. Like everyone in Australia who has an income, the Prime Minister pays tax on their salary. Sometimes people are excused from paying income tax but this does not include the Prime Minister.
The Prime Minister’s salary – and the salary of all members of parliament – is determined by the Remuneration Tribunal. The Remuneration Tribunal is an independent committee which investigates and makes recommendations on parliamentary salaries on behalf of the Australian Parliament.