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Liberals vote against protecting penalty rates

  • Hodgman Government votes down motion in support of penalty rates  
  • Premier goes missing after previously supporting weekend rates
  • Missed opportunity to send strong message to Canberra

The Liberals have voted down a motion put forward by the Labor Opposition in support of protecting penalty rates.

Labor Leader Bryan Green said the true colours of the Liberal Party have shone through.

“The Liberals have snubbed some of Tasmania’s lowest paid workers by saying they’re worth less than they’re currently paid,” Mr Green said.

“It was telling the Liberals put up backbencher Adam Brooks to defend their position, not the Premier who previously said he supported penalty rates.

“Has Will Hodgman changed his stance on weekend rates?

“The Premier didn’t even bother putting in a submission to the Fair Work Commission.

“He certainly hasn’t lobbied the Federal Government to reverse the decision and today’s he’s voted against a motion which would have sent a strong message to Canberra.

“The Liberals don’t care that some Tasmanians are facing a $77 per week pay cut.

“If you’re a worker worried about losing penalty rates, the Hodgman Government doesn’t have your back.”