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09 September 2021

SENATOR KRISTINA KENEALLY
DEPUTY LABOR LEADER IN THE SENATE
SHADOW MINISTER FOR GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY

RICHARD MARLES MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY
SHADOW MINISTER FOR NATIONAL RECONSTRUCTION, EMPLOYMENT, SKILLS AND SMALL BUSINESS
SHADOW MINISTER FOR SCIENCE
MEMBER FOR CORIO
 
JIM CHALMERS MP
SHADOW TREASURER
MEMBER FOR RANKIN
 

EIGHT YEARS OF FAILURE AND LIES ON AUSTRALIAN WAGES

 
The next chapter of Labor’s ‘Not on Your Side’ campaign will focus on eight years of failure and lies on wage growth by the Liberals.
 
If you feel like you’re going backwards financially, that’s because you are.
 
Since 2013, the Liberals have been promising higher wages for Australian workers – and every year they have failed to deliver. 
 
In fact, in every year since the Liberals came to power, wage growth has been significantly weaker than what they projected in their annual budget papers. 
 
That’s nearly a decade of bigger pay rises that you’ve missed out on – and it’s only going to get worse.
 
Mr Morrison and his mates have now admitted that we’ll be waiting until at least 2025 before we see an increase in real pay, meaning that you’ll be stuck going backwards for at least another four years.
 
Research from the McKell Institute shows that the average Australian worker would be earning $254 more each week if wage growth had continued at the rate achieved under the last Labor Government. That is $13,000 a year for families already doing it tough. 
 
Former Finance Mathias Cormann let the cat out of the bag when he admitted that low wage growth is ‘a deliberate design feature of our economic architecture’ under the Morrison-Joyce Government.
 
Mr Morrison is all photo-op and no follow-up – it’s you and your family who are missing out on thousands of dollars a year at a time when the cost of living continues to skyrocket.   
 
It’s clear that there’s one set of rules for us, and one set of rules for Mr Morrison and his mates – many of whom have landed six-figure salaries in government-appointed positions under the Morrison-Joyce Government.  
 
Without stronger wage growth, Australians will suffer. Everyday goods and services will become more and more expensive while you get paid practically the same. 
 
Labor’s ‘Not on Your Side’ website will continue to provide a catalogue of some of the Morrison-Joyce Government’s biggest failures including car park rorts, job keeper rorts, Ministerial scandals, the destruction of Medicare, rising childcare costs, jobs for mates and Mr Morrison’s general BS.
 
THURSDAY, 9 SEPTEMBER 2021