Australian PM Comes in Fifth on Global Pay Scale

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is among the highest-paid leaders in the developed world, but his pay packet is slimmer than some. The prime minister pockets almost $550,000 a year, placing him fifth among global counterparts, AAP FactCheck has found. In first place is Singapore prime minister Lee Hsien Loong, who earns $2.29 million, including bonuses. The remuneration is based on the median income for Singapore’s top earners. As of July 1, Morrison’s base salary was $211,250, plus an additional salary of $338,000, making for a gross $549,250, or $1505 a day. Earlier this year Morrison batted away the idea of taking a temporary pay cut during the COVID-19 pandemic. “I’ll just keep doing a good job, that’s my plan, and I will be accountable to Australians for that job,” he said. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who earns $441,724 per year, and her ministers took a 20 percent pay cut for six months to show solidarity with those affected by the coronavirus outbreak. TOP-PAID LEADERS OF THE DEVELOPED WORLD 1. Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong $2.29m 2. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam $946,938 3. US President Donald Trump $614,175 4. German Chancellor Angela Merkel $568,132 5. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison $549,250 Sydney

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Brexit negotiations expected to resume despite UK's tough rhetoric

Brexit Michael Gove confirms British government’s door to re-engagement with Brussels is ‘ajar’

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Merkel Warns on Pandemic: 'Difficult Months Are Ahead of Us'

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Germans to come together like they did in the spring to slow the spread of the coronavirus as the country posted another daily record of new cases Saturday. “Difficult months are ahead of us,” she said in her weekly video podcast. “How winter will be, how our Christmas will be, that will all

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No 10 startled by EU insistence that UK accept Brexit trade terms

Share This Story Bloc’s stance apparently taken as challenge to Boris Johnson’s threat to walk out on talks Downing Street reacted in dismay as Emmanuel Macron led EU leaders in warning Boris Johnson that he must swallow the bloc’s conditions, in what appeared to be taken as a direct challenge to the British prime minister’s threat to walk out on the talks. At a summit in Brussels, the EU proposed a further “two to three weeks” of negotiations but Europe’s heads of state and government offered Johnson little succour, demanding that he alone needed to “make the necessary moves to make an agreement possible”. Continue reading…

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