Liberal MP for Gilmore, Ann Sudamalis, came under fire in question time today for describing cuts to penalty rates as a “gift” for her electorate.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has asked the Prime Minister whether Ms Sudmalis comments reflect Coaltion policy.


Shadow Minister for Regional Services, Stephen Jones, who represents the neighbouring electorate of Whitlam said these comments showed a startling lack of compassion for workers in the Illawarra and South Coast who will receive a pay cut.


“There are over 41,000 workers across the Illawarra and South Coast who will have a reduction in their take home pay because of a cut to their Sunday penalty rates,” said Mr Jones.


“These are regular, low paid workers who are already struggling to make ends meet and pay for the essentials.”


Fiona Phillips, Labor Spokesperson for Gilmore said cuts to penalty rates were far from a gift to the local community.


“Less money in their pockets means less money to spend. It is going to hit the community and local businesses hard,” said Ms Phillips.


“People in Gilmore are also already struggling with housing affordability. Rental stress in places like Eurobodalla and the Shoalhaven are higher than the national average, and over three times higher than in Malcolm Turnbull’s electorate.”


“Cutting workers’ pay means they’ll just have to work longer hours to make up for the loss.”