A living wage is in the national interest: Bandt

Greens Deputy Leader and Member for Melbourne, Adam Bandt MP, said on Friday that the minimum wage should rise.

“The Greens are backing the calls for a rise in the minimum wage, something both the ACCI and the ACTU are calling for," said Mr Bandt. 

“A living wage is fundamental to the Australian way of life.

“If salary increases don’t keep up with inflation, the number of Australians who are ‘working poor’ will increase and that is simply not in the national interest.

“Ideally, an increase in the minimum wage should not just keep up with inflation, it should surpass it,” said Mr Bandt.

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