Bob McMullan was in fine form last night, pointing out the wonderful irony in the fact that the only people still allowed to have common wage rates, terms and conditions after the Workplace Relations Act was passed by the Government are … politicians:
… we are saying that it is okay for every member of parliament â€” and in relation to this bill every minister in this government â€” to have common terms and conditions to their employment so they all get paid exactly the same and get exactly the same conditions in every way but that it is not okay for ordinary Australian workers to have that. They have to have individual contracts, which they negotiate with their employers.
I would like to suggest that maybe the ministers who thought that was such a terrific policy when they all sat around the cabinet table and voted for it should have to front up to the Prime Minister and ask, â€˜Whoâ€™s prepared to do the most for the least?â€™ We all know they do not want to do that, because we all know that the member for Wentworth [ed: Malcolm Turnbull] would outbid them all â€” he would probably pay to do the job, and not everybody could afford to compete with him. But that is what is being asked of every other Australian worker.