Dear <<First Name>>
Welcome to the latest edition of the Werriwa e-Newsletter.
This week I returned to Canberra for the first sitting of Parliament for the year. With the end looming for JobKeeper and the Government's attempts to strip workers' rights with changes to the Fair Work Act, it was a busy week.
At the end of March, Scott Morrison will leave hundreds of thousands of Australians behind by ending the JobKeeper wage subsidy. As the nation recovers from the pandemic, it's critical we keep businesses open and workers in jobs. That is why Labor supports an extension to JobKeeper and the Coronavirus Supplement.
The Government's proposed changes to Industrial Relations are bad for workers and bad for the economy. For evidence, look no further than the proposal to water down the Better Off Overall Test. These changes will allow businesses to cut penalty rates, shift allowances and other entitlements. The Prime Minister's answer to the problem of insecure and low paid work, is more insecure and low paid work with fewer rights.
Cleaners, supermarket workers, truck drivers, childcare workers, aged care staff and many other essential workers on the frontline will be worse off. They’re the ones who are carrying us through this Pandemic and they deserve better.
There is a lot of work to do this year and I look forward to working with you to reflect the needs of our community in Federal Parliament.
I hope you have a great weekend. Stay safe and keep well.