Greens move to block penalty rates from inquiry

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Greens move to block penalty rates from inquiry

The Greens will move to stop the Productivity Commission examining penalty rates and the minimum wage in its inquiry into the workplace relations framework.

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The Greens will move to stop the Productivity Commission examining penalty rates and the minimum wage in its inquiry into the workplace relations framework.

The move is in response to Employment Minister Eric Abetz ruling out changes to penalty rates and the minimum wage until after the next election.

Green deputy leader and industrial relations spokesperson Adam Bandt MP said: “The minister has expressed ‘surprise’ that the government-initiated Productivity Commission inquiry is looking at penalty rates and the minimum wage.

“If the government is truly ruling out changes to penalty rates and the minimum wage, the Productivity Commission should immediately stop a now pointless inquiry into these matters.

“The Greens will test whether changes to penalty rates and the minimum wage are truly off the table.

“I suspect that the attack on penalty rates and the minimum wage isn’t dead but just resting. However, I’d be delighted to be proven wrong and see the government support the Greens’ motion to remove those matters from the Productivity Commission’s inquiry.”

The motion


The motion to be moved in the Senate next week reads:

That the Senate notes:
  1. The Productivity Commission has indicated it would examine penalty rates and the minimum wage in its inquiry into the workplace relations framework; and
  2. The Employment Minister  has expressed surprise at the Productivity Commission examining penalty rates and the minimum wage and has ruled out any changes even if the inquiry recommends them;
And calls on:
  1. The government to direct the Productivity Commission to exclude the minimum wage and penalty rates from its inquiry into the workplace relations framework.
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