Low pay but we stay
There is one thing that both Government and Opposition agree on... among everything else on which they disagree, that is that parliamentarians should be paid more money. They value their own jobs so highly that they will do anything to keep them, including maligning each other. But they all agree that they deserve higher pay.
Never mind that if there were a referendum on this matter the public at large would vote for a salary cut for all politicians because of their abysmal performances, but they would not miss that anyway because of their other unspecified sources of income.
Every instance that they quote, some from so long ago that they cannot not remember the date, is purely anecdotal.
But the mere fact they can remember those instances indicates how rarely they occur. Not only that but they cannot quote one instance when they actually took action as a result of any such plea, except if the caller was friend or family.
Not one of them would willingly surrender the position they hold despite their complaints about the salaries they are being paid. The self-serving hypocrisy is almost too much to bear.