Shorten ‘looks after big business’

The Australian, March 20, 2017

Employment Minister Michaelia Cash has accused Bill Shorten of consistently selling out mum and dad small business operators to look after the interests of big unions and big business as she lashes Labor for its campaign to reverse a cut to Sunday penalty rates.

Senator Cash said the Opposition Leader was defending the interests of big business by backing in enterprise agreement negotiated between unions and corporations that traded away Sunday loadings while opposing reductions to small business costs.

“Small business needs a break,” Senator Cash said. “Small business needs to be able to compete on a level playing field with big business and big unions.”

“If Bill Shorten wants to continue to stand up for big unions and big business as he has done consistently whilst he have been in government — look at the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal. He stood with the TWU and big business against mum and dad truck drivers.

“The CFA. He stood with Peter Marshall and the UFU against tens of thousands of Victorian volunteers. In relation to the Australian Building and Construction Commission, he stood for the CFMEU and big business.”

Senator Cash also called on Labor to support the government’s legislation to ban secret deals between employers and unions, saying Mr Shorten should allow the bill to sail through parliament when it is introduced on Wednesday.