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Senator calls for bureaucrat pay cap

AAP logoAAP 24/08/2016

High-profile senator Nick Xenophon has questioned why senior public servants are being paid more than the prime minister after it was revealed some of them have salaries approaching $1 million a year.

Malcolm Turnbull is paid $340,000 less than his department head who earns $861,700.

"Why should someone running a department be earning more than someone who's running the country?" Senator Xenophon told The Australian on Thursday.

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