Penalty rates

Ms THOMAS (Macedon) — On International Women’s Day I want to draw the house’s attention to the disproportionate impact the Fair Work Commission’s disgraceful decision on penalty rates will have on women workers. In my own electorate of Macedon I have been speaking to women about how this decision will affect them. One woman in Kyneton — I will call her Kate — stands to lose around $80 a week. Kate is a single mother doing her best to balance work and family and to get by — to support herself and her family. This decision is an assault on women like Kate everywhere. Do you think the men and women who run our business councils or who sit on the Fair Work Commission work on Saturdays and Sundays? No, they do not. While Monday to Friday work remains the norm, I firmly believe that penalty rates should be in place for workers who work on Saturdays and Sundays.