Liberal senator Zed Seselja failed to mention impending penalty rate cuts in a dumb tweet posted this morning.
The tone-deaf post shows him and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull having coffee in a Canberra café.
However, the senator for the ACT and Assistant Minister for Science Jobs and Innovation copped widespread criticism for the tweet.
While boasting about the government’s tax cut, he also failed to mention the impact penalty rate cuts will have on workers.
Liberal senator fails to mention penalty rate cuts
Senator Seselja’s Tweet reads:
“Having coffee this morning with hard working Canberrans who will benefit from our personal income tax relief!”
However, the Senator failed to mention that while the tax cut will leave many Australians just $10-a-week better off, staff at the Canberra café are set to have their Sunday penalty rates slashed next week.
In fact, all full-time and part-time hospitality workers will have their Sunday penalty rates reduced by 10 percent from 1 July, following a five percent cut last year.
Workers 15 percent worse off
In addition to hospitality, fast food workers will also have their Sunday penalty rates slashed by 10 percent.
Furthermore, retail and also pharmacy workers will also see a 15 percent reduction in their penalty rates.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten subsequently vowed to introduce legislation to stop the cuts coming into effect.
Miles Heffernan, Director of Litigation at IR Claims, says Seselja and Turnbull showed poor judgment by posing for the photo.
“The social media post reinforces what many people already think,” he said.
“Our well-paid politicians are out of touch with everyday Australians, in addition to not understanding the concept of a fair go.”
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