George Christensen crosses the flood on Tuesday night to protect pentalty rates.
George Christensen crosses the flood on Tuesday night to protect pentalty rates. Tony Martin

George Christensen crosses floor on penalty rates

MEMBER for Dawson George Christensen has crossed the floor to vote with the opposition to protect penalty rates.

The Member for Gorton Brendan O'Connor moved an amendment to the Fair Work Act to stop modern awards being varied to reduce penalty rates.

The vote was taken on the amendment about 7pm on Tuesday night in.

"The fact is that the member for Dawson-the only member of the government at this point-has foreshadowed his concern about the effect of the Fair Work Commission decision and what it will mean for up to 700,000 workers in this country," Mr O'Connor said.

Mr Christensen has been vocal in his opposition to the penalty rates cuts that the Fair Work Commission approved in February.

Unions said the axing will cut incomes in Dawson by $18 million a year and affect the lowest paid workers in the retail and hospitality industries.

Despite his actions the amendment was defeated 72-73. 


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