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Mark Bouris Calls On Aussie Politicians To Take A Pay Cut For People In Lockdown

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Mark Bouris Calls On Aussie Politicians To Take A Pay Cut For People In Lockdown

Australian business icon Mark Bouris has called on politicians in lockdown-affected areas to take a pay cut.

The former Celebrity Apprentice host believes our it would send a strong signal of solidarity to those doing it tough at the moment.

He said 'small businesses in particular are on their absolute f***ing knees' due to the stay-at-home measures and the recently announced assistance from the federal government might not be enough to keep them afloat.

The entrepreneur believes those making the big decisions should consider a salary cut or wage freeze to send a message to these businesses that they're not alone.

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In a video on his Instagram, Mr Bouris said: "Throughout all of this, all of last year and now, even more importantly right now, I haven't heard one politician, not one of them, acknowledge they're getting full whack in their pay.

"Yet the small business community are being expected to accept a sharp reduction in their own income.

"The very first politician to get up, and put their hand up and say 'you know what I'll take a reduction in my pay by 20 per cent... for the period of the lockdown and the next seven weeks after that'.

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"That particular individual will be a true leader in my eyes and will truly be doing this together with the small business community."

Businesses have been given a helping hand from the government, who has agreed to offer payroll tax waivers of 25 per cent for those with Australian wages of between $1.2 million and $10 million who have experienced a 30 per cent decline in turnover.

Those businesses with wages under $10 million can also claim grants of between $7,500 and $15,000 to cover the first three-weeks of restrictions.

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This isn't the first time someone has called for politicians' wages to be frozen while Greater Sydney experiences lockdown due to a coronavirus outbreak.

Sky News Australia presenter Alan Jones is leading the campaign to have our representatives prevented from being paid until this outbreak is contained.

Jones told viewers: "While we let them keep going they will continue on their power surge and we will pay.

"Those of us who give a voice to the voiceless are not going to fall in line just because you are Mr Prime Minister or Ms Premier."

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His solution to helping people mentally deal with another lockdown is to 'suspend all political salaries until the lockdown ends'.

He says people struggling with the stay-at-home measures will at least feel like the politicians who make the rules will be in the same boat as them.

Featured Image Credit: Channel 10

Topics: Australia

Stewart Perrie
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