When the council controversially approved a $68,000 pay rise for Marryatt in late 2011, it did so partly because of advice it received from consultancy company Strategic Pay, which argued that Marryatt’s salary, when benchmarked against others in the private and public sector, was too low.

When Strategic Pay presented that advice, it was being paid by Marryatt to do other council work.

Let’s get an “independent” body to determine my pay, whilst I also pay that “independent” body to do other work. Can’t see how that’s a conflict at all. Surprise surprise, they argue that I should have more money.