Penalty rates row

Pilbara News - - Opinion -

I write re­gard­ing the ar­ti­cle by Kar­ratha branch mem­bers of the La­bor Party (Leave penalty rates for work­ers alone, page 10, 3/2).

This is­sue is a storm in a teacup.

As the elected Mem­ber for Durack, it is my duty to rep­re­sent all my con­stituents, and by pre­sent­ing a con­stituent’s view to the Fair Work Com­mis­sion as per the con­stituent’s re­quest I am ful­fill­ing my re­spon­si­bil­ity as a Fed­eral Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment. Just like when I fought for Pil­bara jobs by help­ing to abol­ish anti-Pil­bara taxes such as the Car­bon Tax and the Min­ing Tax.

The Turn­bull Govern­ment is a Govern­ment stick­ing up for hard-work­ing Aus­tralians.

Our ini­tia­tives such as jobac­tive, the Tran­si­tion to Work ser­vice, the What’s Next web­site, the Na­tional Work Ex­pe­ri­ence Pro­gram and the Em­pow­er­ing YOUth Ini­tia­tives have all played a role in the nine-year high of 301,300 new jobs cre­ated in Aus­tralia last year.

If any­one read­ing this needs more in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing any of th­ese ini­tia­tives con­tact my of­fice on 9964 2195.

I be­lieve penalty rates are a mat­ter for the Fair Work Com­mis­sion and the Fair Work Com­mis­sion alone.

Any in­de­pen­dent body needs the opin­ions of oth­ers, such as my con­stituents, to base their de­ci­sions upon. Melissa Price, Mem­ber for Durack

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