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If things weren’t bad enough for Julia Gillard, Australia’s?independent Federal Remuneration Tribunal is looking like recommending massive pay rises for politicians.

Politicians could be in for a pay raise but the government is shying away from responsibility because the decision is in the hands of an independent tribunal.

The independent Federal Remuneration Tribunal is undertaking a comprehensive review of politicians’ pay.

It is expected to recommend MPs trade their current generous allowances for increases in base salaries.

Backbench salaries are tipped to almost double to $250,000.

And the pay packets of Prime Minister Julia Gillard, her ministers and also shadow ministers could be a whole lot fatter.

Ms Gillard, who now earns $366,366 annually, could get as much as $650,000 under any new system while Opposition Leader Tony Abbott’s could go up from $260,000 to almost $480,000.

This contrasts with the pay increases currently being offered to federal public servants, which the Community and Public Sector Union has criticised as not keeping up with living costs.

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