@NTA said in Aussie Politics:
@ACT-Crusader @Rancid-Schnitzel Labor were looking to restore penalty rates, increase Newstart, deliver pay boosts to childcare, and a few other things that would help actual workers and those using social support.
How is that NOT looking after workers or pursuing a reasonable approach to wages stagnation and a slowing economy?
Increase Newstart - what’s the incentive there? There is no evidence that an increased benefit improves people’s chances of finding employment. And an increase does cost the budget a fair whack.
Deliver pay boosts to childcare - there is no guarantee that would actually occur. This would be a matter for the Fair Work Commission and given the relevant unions have already run a failed case, did Labor think that them just intervening would make it so? Doesn’t work like that. Unless Labor was proposing to legislate then it was out of their hands.
Restore penalty rates - probably one of the great myths of the campaign. Gillard set up the process that enabled this decision to occur. Despite the rhetoric around it, the 4 year review started well before Abbott/Turnbull were in power. So when Shorten said as a Minister for Industrial Relations said he would respect the decision of the umpire, he was not so beholden to the union movement. Then when they got a decision they didn’t like he copped out. Anyway the decision itself doesn’t affect that many people - only those on awards in retail and hospitality that actually work on Sundays. Plus they still get penalty rates it’s just that they were reduced by Fair Work not abolished like the ACTU would have everyone believe.