Federal Member for Bass Ross Hart has fully backed Bill Shorten’s pledge to restore cuts to Sunday Penalty rates.

The move would restore the cuts for more than 8,689 people or one in six workers in Bass that work in retail, food and accommodation industries, and ensures small business does not lose vital income.

These low paid workers stand to lose up to $77 per week. Small business will lose vital trade.

Labor has already passed a bill in the Senate, but the government is preventing its debate in the lower house.

Mr Hart said “the Turnbull Government has run away from any debate with Labor on this issue, with only a one seat majority. In the last parliamentary sitting Liberal Nationals George Christensen crossed the floor to vote with Labor on penalty rates.

“This Government supports a 2 per cent tax cut to people on more than $180,000 which will take affect this Friday, while at the same time supporting a pay cut to low paid workers.

Mr Hart said “this will be bad for the Northern Tasmanian economy, as these workers will now have less money to spend in local shops, restaurants and other businesses.”

Turnbull’s Liberal-National Government is seriously out of touch, voting against protecting workers from a $77 per week pay cut, but supporting a $16,400 tax cut for millionaires.