Media Releases


November 21, 2017

Malcolm Turnbull and his Liberals must stop ignoring the evidence of the negative impact of cuts to penalty rates and support Labor’s Private Members Bill to stop the cuts.

Federal Member for Braddon, Justine Keay, said “I welcome last week’s decision by the employer group, Restaurant and Catering Industrial, to drop their penalty rates case because there is unsatisfactory evidence that a reduction in penalty rates would generate jobs.

“The Turnbull Government continues to be out of touch when it claims that the penalty rates that millions of Australians rely on to make ends meet, should be cut.

“Working families all over the North-West Coast of Tasmania rely on penalty rates to keep up with the rising cost of living.

“How can Malcolm Turnbull continue to support giving millionaires, big banks and multinational corporations a tax cut and at the same time support cutting the penalty rates for millions of Australian workers?

“Australians needs a pay rise, not a pay cut.”

Bill Shorten and Labor will make different choices than Turnbull’s out of touch Liberals.

We will reverse Turnbull’s tax cuts for millionaires and multinationals, and restore penalty rates in our first 100 days of government.