Today in Question Time Malcolm Turnbull finally told the truth: he supports the decision to cut penalty rates for 700,000 people.
There has to be a limit to how much waffle even Malcolm Turnbull can summon. It’s taken six days since the decision to cut penalty rates, but Malcolm Turnbull has finally been forced to stop avoiding the question and admit to what Australian workers already knew – he wholeheartedly supports cuts to penalty rates.
“That was the considered decision of the Fair Work Commission, and we accept that decision. We support the decision of the independent umpire because it is their decision.”
MALCOLM TURNBULL, QUESTION TIME, TUESDAY, 28 FEBRUARY 2017
This Prime Minister never has and never will stand up for ordinary Australian workers – people shouldn’t forget Malcolm Turnbull supported Workchoices.
The fact that in Malcolm Turnbull’s world it makes sense to give big business a $50 billion tax cut while at the same time supporting a wage cut to Australia’s lowest paid workers shows just how out of touch the Liberals are.
Malcolm Turnbull yesterday had the chance to join with Labor and support our legislation that would stop unfair cuts to the take-home pay of low income workers, but unsurprisingly he didn’t.
This slap in the face to workers by the Turnbull Government comes as inequality is at a 75-year high, wages growth is at historic lows and underemployment is 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.