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Hypocrisy reigns.

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Hon Joe Hockey MP

Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service 05 July, 2007

Media Release

Hypocrisy Reigns

The hypocrisy of the response from the Labor Party and union bosses, to the AFPC decision, is palpable but


The AFPC, an independent body, announced its decision today to increase the standard minimum wage by an

extra $10.26 a week, taking the minimum wage from October 1 2007 to $522.12 a week.

The Labor party and union bosses’ claims responding to the AFPC decision are hypocritical and wrong.

FACT - Neither Greg Combet or Sharan Burrow bothered to front the AFPC on behalf of the working

Australians they claim to represent.

FACT - Incoming ACTU boss Jeff Lawrence and the ALHMWU, recently negotiated a 2 per cent pay rise for

ABC Learning child care workers - a rate lower than the minimum wage decision. Mr Lawrence has been

spruiking the deal as a great win on behalf of these workers.

FACT ¬- Real wages have increased by 20.8 per cent under the Coalition compared with a fall of 1.8 per cent

under Labor.

FACT - On 26 June 2006, Sharan Burrow said on radio station 5AA "…during the Hawke Government period

real wages went down, they went down because working people actually worked for their country.”

FACT - While John Della Bosca plays politics with the AFPC decision, he and Premier Iemma are moments

away from a state shut down resulting from their decision to cap public sector wage rises.

You have to look at what the Labor Party and union bosses do - not what they say.

For further information contact:

Emma Needham 0400 334 091