My speech in Parliament to stop the decision to cut penalty rates - 2 March, 2017

I spoke in Parliament in support of Labor’s Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Take Home Pay) Bill 2017 which seeks to amend the Fair Work Act 200 so as to stop from taking into effect the decision by the Fair Work Commission to cut penalty rates.

If this government really believes that the abolition of penalty rates will lead to more jobs, then my constituents had better start looking for that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!

Because it doesn’t necessarily follow that businesses will create more jobs once penalty rates are cut despite what the Turnbull Government and the Business Council says.

I call on the government to drop its one-sided support of business and instead walk in the shoes of some of our lowest paid workers.

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