Australian Coat of Arms

Member for Blaxland

Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment

Shadow Minister for Resources and Northern Australia 

O'Dowd supports tax cuts for millionaires and pay cuts for local workers

THE HON JASON CLARE MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR RESOURCES AND NORTHERN AUSTRALIA
SHADOW MINISTER FOR TRADE AND INVESTMENT
MEMBER FOR BLAXLAND 

THE HON ED HUSIC MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR THE DIGITAL ECONOMY
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT SERVICES, WORKFORCE PARTICIPATION AND THE FUTURE OF WORK
MEMBER FOR CHIFLEY

SENATOR CHRIS KETTER
CHAIR, SENATE ECONOMICS REFERENCES COMMITTEE
SENATOR FOR QUEENSLAND

O'DOWD SUPPORTS TAX CUTS FOR MILLIONAIRES AND PAY CUTS FOR LOCAL WORKERS

Workers in Gladstone copped a pay cut while Ken O'Dowd voted for Malcolm Turnbull's tax cuts for millionaires.

Federal Labor Shadow Ministers Jason Clare and Ed Husic were joined in Gladstone today by Queensland Senator Chris Ketter and local worker representative Zac Beers at Gladstone's Family Crust Bakery.

Family Crust Bakery is a local small business that has done what Ken O’Dowd refused to do - protect its workers penalty rates.

On the first of July Malcolm Turnbull and Ken O’Dowd gave Millionaires a tax cut. The next day 5,800 Australian workers in Gladstone got their pay cut.

Penalty rates mean a lot to local workers, for some people it’s how they put food on the table and keep the lights on at night.

Sandy Davison the owner of the Family Crust Bakery said “We’re a small business, but our workers need penalty rates to take care of their families. It’s the right thing to do.”

Union organiser Zac Beers said “Instead of standing up for local workers, Ken O’Dowd supported cuts to penalty rates.”

“Because of Ken O’Dowd, workers in Gladstone will receive a pay cut every year on the first of July until 2020.”

It doesn’t get more out of touch than that.

Gladstone deserves better than Ken O’Dowd.

Labor voted to protect penalty rates, and if Labor wins the next election we will restore penalty rates.

WEDNESDAY 26, JULY 2017

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