Abbott Increases Defence Pay Offer

Tony Abbott has agreed to a more generous pay rise for Australian Defence Force personnel, but insists he's still running a frugal government. The prime minister says the Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal will be asked to increase last year's 1.5 per cent pay rise to two per cent - slightly above inflation. The prime minister will hope the move - which will cost the government 200-million dollars over the next few years - will satisfy crossbench senator Jacqui Lambie. Senator Lambie has been among the most vocal critics of the coalition's original offer, vowing to vote against all government legislation until it's increased. Mr Abbott says the more generous pay rise reflects the ADF's special status and dangerous work in places like Iraq. The announcement comes just a day after Mr Abbott's confirmation of the deployment of about 300 extra troops to Iraq

Abbott Increases Defence Pay Offer