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40    Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia survey

Senator McAllister, at the request of Senator Gallagher and pursuant to notice, moved general business notice of motion no. 80—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes that:

                                     (i)       the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey, released on 30 July 2019, has confirmed that Australians are worse off since the election of the Coalition Government in 2013,

                                    (ii)       HILDA revealed real median household annual disposable income has declined from $80,208 in 2013 to $80,095 in 2017,

                                  (iii)       wages growth has stagnated under the Coalition Government’s watch,

                                  (iv)       when asked why wage growth was stagnating under the Coalition Government, Finance Minister Mathias Cormann said - “This is a deliberated feature of our economic architecture ”, and

                                   (v)       the Coalition Government supports continued cuts to the penalty rates of Australia’s lowest paid workers; and

               (b)       expresses its disappointment in the Coalition Government’s failure to pursue policies to increase household incomes in real terms, address growing congestion and combat increasing rates of poverty revealed by the HILDA survey.

Debate ensued.

Question put and passed.