But Senator Joyce says politicians should be paid as much as business leaders.
"I'm just stating the commercial reality that we must make sure that the highest office holder in our land should be within sight of the sort of money that they get in the marketplace for running a comparable sized company," he said.
"If you pay people nothing you'd still fill parliament up but you'd fill it up with the sort of people that don't represent what you want."
Although of course, corporate executives usually have a generous share scheme to supplement their salaries. If we can create financial securities for bad air- "carbon credits" why can't we issue pollies with securities for good government?