THE Tasmanian Industrial Commission has appealed to individual politicians to give evidence in a review of parliamentarians' salaries and allowances.
Commission chairman Tim Abey said he hoped to hear from state MPs directly to form a proper understanding of their workload.
He said it would be particularly interesting to get submissions from politicians who have served at federal and state level, such as Bass Labor MHA Michelle O'Byrne.
The commission has also sent copies of its issues paper on the subject to unions, and welfare and employer groups.
Mr Abey said the issues paper, which compares Tasmanian rates of pay and benefits with other state and federal governments, provided a factual basis for the discussion.
"We don't just want an emotional reaction that politicians are crooks and they don't deserve to be paid anything," Mr Abey said.
The review was prompted after the Legislative Council refused to accept the government's proposal to link politicians' salaries to public servants' wages.
The basic salary for a Tasmanian politician is $118,466. They are also eligible for a handful of entitlements.
Unlike Federal Parliament, which publishes six- monthly returns detailing expenses claimed by individual MHRs, the Tasmanian Parliament does not release equivalent information, such as reimbursements for telephone and internet usage, and accommodation and meals.
Unless politicians voluntarily release the figures, the data will stay hidden as the Parliament is exempt from Right to Information obligations.
Mr Abey said it was beyond the commission's role to seek the information and he was more interested in determining the appropriate amounts that could be claimed.
There are far fewer entitlements available to Tasmanian MPs than the assortment of benefits their federal colleagues can claim.
The issue has been in the spotlight this week after Attorney-General George Brandis and Nationals MP Barnaby Joyce repaid money claimed to attend a radio broadcaster's wedding.
It was also revealed Mr Brandis had spent $13,000 of taxpayers' money building up a personal library.
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