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Family time vital for Australians.



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LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION THE HON KIM C BEAZLEY MP

20 July 2005

FAMILY TIME VITAL FOR AUSTRALIANS

Family time is crucial and the Australian Labor Party believes it must be safeguarded for employees across Australia.

Australians are the hardest working citizens in the western world with an average workload of 1,855 hours a year - more than workers in the United States, Japan or anywhere in Europe.

Weekend time, Christmas and public holidays are vital for Australians and must be secured as part of any balanced working arrangement. John Howard and Kevin Andrews are putting a cloud over the family Christmas for many Australians, by not providing adequate safeguards for public holiday payments and penalty rates.

In contrast the Australian Labor Party believes in safeguarding Christmas and ensuring hardworking Australians can enjoy time with their families.

The Howard Government has let the cat out of the bag saying that overtime and penalty rates will be up for grabs under John Howard’s extreme industrial relations changes. This is an extreme attack on Australian families and John Howard must back off. Christmas Day and weekends are not like any other day of the year.

John Howard and Kevin Andrews are out of touch with how hard Australians are working and what precious little time they actually have with their families.

20 July 2005

Contact: George Svigos 0417 196 836