Nikolic must speak up on defence pay deal

Labor Senator Helen Polley has called on Liberal Bass MP Andrew Nikolic to stand up for ADF personnel who have had their pay and conditions cut by the Abbott Government.


Not only are Australia’s service men and women being asked to accept a pay increase well below inflation – this unfair deal will see them lose out on their precious Christmas and Recreation leave.

“It is extraordinary that Mr Nikolic, a former ADF member who regularly speaks out on defence personnel issues, has so far failed to make his views known on this matter,” Senator Polley said.


“On Monday the Defence Minister David Johnston admitted that the Abbott Government’s cruel pay deal undervalues our ADF personnel.


“Australia asks our ADF personnel to defend our country and protect our national security – Labor is asking the Government to pay them properly and give them appropriate leave.


“Here is an opportunity for Andrew Nikolic to demonstrate some mettle and stand up for his former military colleagues.


“Almost 100 people in Bass are affected by this unfair pay deal. When is Nikolic going to think about them?”


Our Defence Force shouldn't have to fight our Government for decent pay and conditions.


“The Abbott Government has until 1 December to ask the Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal to reconsider its pitiful offer,” Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Gai Brodtmann said.


“Labor opposes the Government’s clear disregard for this serious issue, and will continue to fight for a fair deal for our Defence personnel.”