Penalty rates

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Tuesday, 18 August 2015

My question is to the Minister for Industrial Relations. Many of my constituents, particularly young and low-skilled workers, rely on penalty rates to support themselves. In early August Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s Productivity Commission report into industrial relations recommended removing Sunday penalty rates for some workers. In the south-eastern suburbs there are 29 000 retail workers and 17 000 hospitality workers who will be affected by this policy. Can the minister explain to my constituents and the house what the effect of the recommendations of Tony Abbott’s Productivity Commission’s report would have and what the Andrews Labor government is doing to protect workers’ rights? Those matters are particularly important in my electorate of Ivanhoe where separate little shopping villages are a great attractor, great economic drivers and social hubs from the Heidelberg mall in West Heidelberg to the Burgundy Street shops, the Ivanhoe shopping village, Rosanna village, the Eaglemont traders, East Ivanhoe traders and the Macleod traders. That is what drives economic and social impacts in my electorate.