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CALLING ALL CLASS OF 2016 LIBERALS: WHERE DO YOU STAND ON PENALTY RATES?

March 07, 2017

The Liberal class of 2016 is following in the footsteps of its more senior colleagues, hopelessly divided and chaotic when it comes to penalty rates.

A report in The Australian suggests that among the mass confusion, some Liberal backbenchers have thrown their support behind the decision to cut penalty rates but specific individual positions remain unclear.

Labor calls on the class of 2016 to come clean with their position on penalty rates so the people in their electorates who voted for them, know where they stand.

Do they back Malcolm Turnbull and support cuts to penalty rates? Australians have a right to know.

If they do support cuts to penalty rates, this is a slap in the face to ordinary workers and shows just how out of touch they really are.

If they do not want to see penalty rates cut they have a chance to show their support by joining with Labor and supporting our legislation, which would stop unfair cuts to the take-home pay of low income workers.
 
With inequality is at a 75-year high, wages growth at historic lows and underemployment at record highs, there could not be a worse time to cut workers’ take home pay. 
 
There is still time for Turnbull and his Government to change their stance and join with Labor to support the take-home pay of Australian workers.

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