Mr ALBANESE (Grayndler—Leader of the Opposition) (14:57): I move:
That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the Leader of the Opposition from moving the following motion immediately—That the House:
(1) notes that:
(a) on Monday, the Prime Minister refused to guarantee that no worker would be worse off because of his industrial relations changes;
(b) today, the Government has introduced legislation which leaves workers worse off;
(c) at a time when wages are already at record lows, the Prime Minister’s changes will mean workers’ take-home pay will be cut;
(d) while claiming the economy is going so well that Jobkeeper and JobSeeker can be cut, the Prime Minister is using the pandemic as cover to cut take-home pay;
(e) it’s not just businesses who’ve had a difficult year, workers have too;
(f) nurses, supermarket workers, cleaners, childcare workers, teachers, truck drivers, aged care workers and all the frontline workers in Australia who have kept the nation running during this pandemic are being given a Christmas gift of a pay cut by the Prime Minister; and
(g) this is not the first time the Government has attacked take-home pay; and
(2) therefore, condemns the Prime Minister for using the pandemic to cut the take-home pay of Australian workers.
The fact is that the heroes of the pandemic deserve better than this Scrooge of a Prime Minister. We’re introducing legislation—
The SPEAKER: The member will resume his seat. The Leader of the House?