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Greens reject penalty rate push

Greens Deputy Leader Adam Bandt and workplace relations spokesperson says the Greens will not be supporting Nick Xenophon's Bill to remove weekend penalty rates.

"It is easy for someone earning six figures to be lecturing workers about penalty rates. MPs should not be in the business of taking away workers' pay."

"We do have a 7 day a week economy but we should not be slaves to it. Weekends are an important time for families, friends and recreation - penalty rates reflect this."

"Thousands of workers, especially young workers, depend on weekend penalty rates to help them make ends meet. This Bill would make it harder for them and we will not support it."

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