Senate backs protections for penalty rates

December 04, 2017

George Christensen has been urged not to to abandon his support for workers' penalty rates.

Labor has challenged rogue Nationals MP George Christensen to keep pressure on the government over penalty rates by backing protections when they go to the lower house.

The opposition, with the support of the Greens and crossbench senators, amended legislation in the Senate removing the requirement for four-yearly reviews of modern employment awards with a measure reversing the industrial umpire's decision to reduce Sunday penalty rates.

Labor senator Doug Cameron said there was "no excuse" for Mr Christensen, who introduced a private member's bill with similar measures to parliament in July, to abandon his support for penalty rates when the legislation goes to the House of Representatives.

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