- A bed and breakfast must pay $10 an hour more than a 5-star hotel;
- A family chicken shop must pay $8 an hour more than KFC;
- A family owned takeaway must pay $8 an hour more than McDonalds;
- A family greengrocer must pay $5 an hour more than Woolworths;
- A family pizza takeaway must pay $8 an hour more than Pizza Hut;
- A boutique clothes shop must pay $7 more an hour than David Jones;
- A family book shop must pay $8 more an hour than Target;
- A family newsagent must pay $7 more an hour than Officeworks;
- A family bottle shop must pay $7 more an hour than Dan Murphys;
- A family hardware store must pay $5 more an hour than Bunnings.
As a union boss, he made an art form out of doing deals which cut or abolished Sunday penalty rates.
When he was National Secretary of the AWU, it did deals covering workers at Target, Big W and Just Jeans, which cut Sunday penalty rates to the same level as the independent Fair Work Commission’s recent decision.
It defies belief that Mr Shorten can maintain his scare campaign, when as a union leader, he himself did deals to reduce penalty rates.
Bill Shorten cannot be trusted on penalty rates.
As Minister for Workplace Relations, he established the Fair Work Commission review that has led to its penalty rates decision – he specifically amended the Fair Work Act to allow penalty rates to be cut. Bill Shorten owns this decision. He set the rules and appointed the umpire. He has repeatedly said he would respect the Commission’s decision on penalty rates.
Bill Shorten and Labor want small business to pay higher taxes, higher electricity bills and uncompetitive penalty rates that big businesses don’t have to pay. That’s unfair for small business and will be disastrous for the economy and jobs.