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Malcolm’s honeymoon

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Fresh faced Malcolm Turnbull is currently enjoying his honeymoon period and has been winning fans with warm and fuzzy policy changes like getting rid of knighthoods.

Easy peasy – didn’t cost a cent – but make no mistake the nasty stuff is yet to come.

Things like cutting penalty rates A Liberal Party review by The Productivity Commission of the industrial relations system, has recommended bringing Sunday loadings into line with Saturday for the retail and hospitality sectors only.

Those on penalty rates are among the lowest paid and any cuts would unfairly hurt those on lower incomes.

And the Age newspaper reported recently that workers are being ripped off to the tune of $2.6 billion a year in compulsory superannuation payments.

According to industry super fund Cbus, the rip offs affect almost 700,000 employees at any given time, or 7 per cent of the workforce.

Yet the Turnbull government has legislation before parliament that drastically reduces the financial penalties for employers caught not paying super. It’s been framed as a “red tape” issue.

In reality it is just a payback for Turnbull’s mates in big business.

Then there’s the recent analysis from the Australia Council of Social Services who keep an eye out for low paid families who struggle desperately to make ends meet.

On their numbers a low income single parent family with two children will take a hit of more than $60 per week or $3000 per year over time once their youngest child turns 13.

This is due to the reduction in Part B and the withdrawal of end of year supplements.

Single parents and their children have already been hit hard with cuts over the last few years which have reduced their safety net significantly.

On the latest analysis, there are over 600 000 children living below the poverty line and children in single parent households are in poverty at over twice the rate of children living with two parents.”

These are just some early signs that the Turnbull Government is a wolf in sheep’s clothing and not the soft alternative to bovver boy Tony Abbott.

There’s a lot more to come.

Malcolm’s honeymoon