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Labor pushes to change minimum wage to a 'living wage'

March 26, 2019 / Human Resources Director

Australia’s Labor Party is promising to change the current minimum wage to a more suitable “living wage” if it wins the next election. Brendan O’Connor, shadow employment minister, is leading reform efforts with a two-step strategy that focuses on low wage growth, an issue that Labor hopes to zero in on once it faces off with the government in the upcoming elections, The Guardian reported. “Labor will legislate so that the commission’s highest priority will be making sure no person working full-time in Australia need live in poverty,” O’Connor said. “A living wage should make sure people earn enough to make ends meet, and be informed by what it costs to live in Australia today, to pay for housing, for food, for utilities, to pay for a basic phone and data plan.”