Penalty rates welcome news for the North


With latest statistics revealing the highest unemployment rate on record in Townsville, the reduction in Sunday penalty rates is welcome news for small business and the unemployed across the region, Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald has claimed.

“The tourism and hospitality industries, essential parts of the north’s economy, operate seven days week, and support thousands of mum and dad small businesses across the region,” Senator Macdonald said.

“In turn, these small businesses provide jobs, particularly for young people who are currently facing an unemployment rate of 20.8% in Townsville.”

Senator Macdonald said any incentive that helped small business to lower their running costs would provide more flexibility to invest in additional staff.

“Weekends are typically the busiest time for these small businesses, so any reduction in operating expenses is welcome.

“It makes sense that in a region with such a high dependency on tourism and hospitality, that the removal of restrictive elements such as Sunday penalty rates will help stimulate the local economy and lead to more jobs.

“Union claims to the contrary are as wrong as they are selfish,” Senator Macdonald said.

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