Senate debates

Wednesday, 10 May 2023

Questions without Notice


3:04 pm

Photo of Katy GallagherKaty Gallagher (ACT, Australian Labor Party, Minister for the Public Service) Share this | Hansard source

Senator Cash's question included a reference to the young man's wages and how he had been feeling the pinch on wages. We agree. That's why we put the industrial relations changes through this parliament, with the more jobs, better pay bill. You opposed it. You opposed improvements to the industrial relations system that would allow workers to have a better crack at wage opportunities through the bargaining system. You've opposed our position on arguing for wages growth on the minimum wage, through our minimum wage cases. You didn't make the commitment to fund the aged-care workers wage claim—15 per cent in this budget found room for it on top of all the other things we had to do. We're absolutely determined to get wages moving, and this budget shows that we will have real wages growth, faster than had previously been expected. (Time expired)


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