Shorten’s meddling in Fair Work Act dangerous

Labor’s threats to amend the Fair Work Act to change how the minimum wage is calculated are incredibly dangerous and could undermine the independence of the Fair Work Commission according to Liberal Senator and former Workplace Relations Minister Eric Abetz.

“This poorly veiled threat to the Fair Work Commission – many of its members who were appointed by Mr Shorten as a Minister – is an incredibly risky move that could undermine our system where wages are determined independently,” Senator Abetz said.

“It shouldn’t be up to the Minister of the day or to the Parliament to legislate wages, in Australia for more than a century that power has been with an independent tribunal and that’s where it ought stay.”

“Running in an election promising to legislative to increase wages while imposing even more taxes on employers is reminiscent of the failed Venezuelan experiment.”

“This latest thought bubble simply once again confirms that Mr Shorten is union fed, union bred and union led,” Senator Abetz concluded.

About Eric

Eric Abetz has been a Liberal Senator for Tasmania since 1994 and has served in a range of Leadership, Ministerial and Shadow Ministerial roles.

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