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Productivity Commission heading the right way on cost of getting a job

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Media Release - Productivity Commission heading the right way on cost of getting a job

Family First Senator for South Australia Bob Day has marked the preliminary release of draft contents of the Productivity Commission report as a very positive thing for those people looking for a job.

“I was elected on a platform of Every family, a job and a house” Senator Day said, “I covered two major topics in my maiden speech - housing costs, and a simple but powerful reform on jobs that would shrink unemployment overnight.”

South Australia’s unemployment rate is the nation’s worst at 8.2% and is expected to get even worse when jobs data comes out later this week.

“Penalty rates are ridiculously high, destroying lives by keeping people unemployed and destroying the economy by shutting out the all-important small business sector.”

The Productivity Commission’s draft report, to be released later today, will reportedly recommend making workplace regulation distinctions between medical & emergency services penalty rates (leaving them largely untouched, on one hand), and other rates such as hospitality and retail penalty rates (allowing more flexibility, on the other hand).

“If we let people decide for themselves what rate they will work for on a weekend, we won’t need grand plans and painful reform debates. Unemployed people will be able to get on with getting a job and providing for their families.”

4 August 2015


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