House debates

Thursday, 10 December 2020

Questions without Notice

Workplace Relations

2:42 pm

Photo of Emma McBrideEmma McBride (Dobell, Australian Labor Party, Shadow Assistant Minister for Mental Health) Share this | | Hansard source

My question is to the Prime Minister. Under the Prime Minister's new workplace laws, a pharmacy assistant working a 38-hour week could lose $6,000 a year. Why is the government's Christmas thankyou to frontline workers a cut to their take-home pay?

Photo of Christian PorterChristian Porter (Pearce, Liberal Party, Attorney-General) Share this | | Hansard source

They simply could not—which really raises the question: why would the Leader of the Opposition be sending out his backbenchers to ask questions solely designed to scare people unnecessarily before Christmas? Why would you do that? How desperate do you have to be to send out your backbenchers to ask questions based on totally false assertions and premises? Totally false, completely wrong, raising impossible scenarios—how desperate would you have to be to do that, when the only conceivable reason is to scare people unnecessarily, unfairly and untruthfully?