Barnett targets more business owners promising to cut Sunday penalty rates

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On Friday Premier Colin Burnett vowed to cut the Sunday rates in a move what appeared to be a part of his strategy to decrease the unemployment rate that is the biggest in Australia.

“What I would like to see is, reduce those excessive Sunday penalties … bring them in line with Saturday and increase the base rate,” Mr Barnett said.

This promise appears to be an extra appeal to the overflowing with cash the medium and large businesses. Natural sponsors and beneficiaries of the policies introduced by the Liberal Party in Australia.

Meanwhile support for Barnett’s WA Liberals continues to melt with more voters showing their back to increasingly unpopular Premier.

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Last week Mr. Barnett’s promise extends significantly his proposal made in 2016 to cut also public holiday rates if he is reelected.

He said in November:

“You are not going to get the growth in tourism and hospitality if people are required to pay up to three times the hourly rate on a Sunday, and Labor will not even entertain a reform of penalty rates,” he said.

“It’s primarily under the Federal Government but we can look at special (State) awards being created, which we will do. It’s a major point of difference.”

In contrast Labor leader Mark McGowan promised not to touch this important factor of the financial stability of many families and individuals in Western Australia.

The latest promise to the owners of big and medium business may be interpreted as a part of Liberals strategy to limit the devastation due to the predicted win by Labor.

In earlier reports that discussed Liberal own polls, the number of seats were already considered “lost”. Among them: Belmont (held by the Liberals on a margin of 1 per cent), Forrestfield (2.2), Perth (2.8), Swan Hills (3.7), Morley (4.7) and Bal­catta (7.1). The notionally Liberal seats of West Swan and Collie-Preston are also considered likely to be won by Labor.

There were also seats under serious threat as part of the anti-government mood are Mount Lawley (8.9), Kalamunda (10.3), Joondalup (10.4), Southern River (10.9), Wanneroo (11.0), Burns Beach (11.3), Bunbury (12.2) and Riverton (12.7).

This situation may explain Mr. Barnett’s agreement with the Senator Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party and recent stream of new promises to the business.

Raising an issue of penalty rates Mr. Barnett’s appears to be trying to portray his political opponent as fiscally irresponsible.


(ABC, pht)


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