“I don’t feel guilty”: Liberal Councillor Julie Passas on voting for a pay rise


Inner West councillors have voted to give themselves a two per cent pay rise.  

Liberal Councillor for Ashfield, Julie Passas, is one of the Inner West Council (IWC) councillors who agreed that their annual salaries should grow by 2 per cent in a vote delivered to the council. 

““I did not feel I could vote against it because I get back to all residents and work hard,” Passes said. 

“I have not stopped, I don’t feel guilty taking a pay rise.”

“I don’t feel guilty one bit but I feel justified because I work 24/7 not just in my ward, but I assist other people from other wards too.” 

“I don’t feel guilty one bit,” Julie Passas says. (Photo: Christian Gilles)

Councillors voted in favour of cutting back their meetings to once a month earlier this year, despite dozens of agenda items being carried over after meetings, the Daily Telegraph reports. 

The Local Government Tribunal recommended they be paid the maximum rate of $31,020. 

A report handed to council agreed that the pay rise was justified and reported that councillors in other Sydney jurisdictions are arguing for a similar pay increase of over 2.5%. 

The vote was delivered while millions of Australians have had work cut due to current COVID-19 lockdowns. 

Liberal Councillor Julie Passas has been described by Supreme Court Justice Stephen Campbell as a “well-known stirrer”. 

Source: The Daily Telegraph




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