A $6,000 raise for state ministers – dismissed as nothing more than a “clerical error” by the cash strapped government in 2012 – was nevertheless granted, according to the 2013/14 budget documents.
In June of last year, Minister of State for Finance Michael Halkitis assured the public that a budget item raising the pay for junior ministers from $60,000 to $66,000 was just a mistake and would be corrected before the start of the fiscal year.
But now, a year on, the salary for state ministers for 2012/2013 was again listed as $66,000. The Tribune was unable to contact Mr Halkitis for clarification on whether this was yet another clerical error.
The new budget also says the salary for state ministers will go back to $60,000 for the next fiscal year.