House debates

Tuesday, 2 February 2021

Questions without Notice

Workplace Relations

2:20 pm

Photo of Richard MarlesRichard Marles (Corio, Australian Labor Party, Deputy Leader of the Opposition) Share this | | Hansard source

My question is to the Prime Minister. Why are the Prime Minister's industrial relations changes being cited by retailers as a reason for workers on $57,000 losing every single penalty rate, overtime rate and shift allowance?

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

Well, it's just not correct. Everyone in this House will remember the final sitting week of last year, when members opposite said that there would be pay cuts before Christmas. They said that there'd be pay cuts for Christmas. Did that happen? Did it happen? The difficulty with not telling the truth is that, when the things don't become true, people lose faith in what you're saying. It was desperate and untrue then, in 2020, and it's desperate and untrue now, in 2021.

Photo of Mr Tony BurkeMr Tony Burke (Watson, Australian Labor Party, Shadow Minister for the Arts) Share this | | Hansard source

I seek leave to table the requests from the retailers, which the Attorney-General just said don't exist.

Leave not granted.