Penalty rates are an essential means of building fairness in our economy, keeping many of Australia’s lowest paid workers from falling into deeper poverty, and should not be tampered with.
St Vincent de Paul Society Chief Executive Dr John Falzon said:
“It is vital that Australia’s penalty rates system be maintained as an essential buffer against poverty, relied on by people who are battling to make ends meet.
“Those who rely on penalty rates to meet their household expenditure are far more likely to be single parents, women, in receipt of a household income less than $30,000 and living on the edges of our cities or in regional Australia.
“You don’t fix unemployment by penalising people in low-paid and insecure work,” said Dr Falzon.
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