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Thursday, 4 July 2019
Page: 347


Mr ALBANESE (GrayndlerLeader of the Opposition) (14:11): My question is again addressed to the Prime Minister. Would the tax cut of just over $1,000 a year for a pharmacy worker in my electorate have more of a positive impact if the penalty rate cut the Prime Minister supports wasn't taking more than $5,000 a year off the same worker?

Ms Butler: I wonder why the rate of consumption is so low?

The SPEAKER: The member for Griffith is warned.

Mr MORRISON (CookPrime Minister and Minister for the Public Service) (14:11): The government endorses the industrial arrangements put in place by the Fair Work Commission, which were introduced by those opposite. We have always supported the independence of the Fair Work Commission to consider matters and to come to judgements. We do not believe that politicians should set people's wages. We believe that should be done through the fair and transparent process that provides certainty for investment and engagement in the national economy. It would seem that, while the Leader of the Opposition may have changed names, the same old class war he is seeking to perpetuate in this place is all just the same.