Mary Merkenich

Claims the new IR laws will close the gender pay gap and strengthen equal pay laws are welcome. However, the laws will divide workers and weaken the Better Off Overall Test.

The rising cost of living and the strain on public services mean Labor must junk its support for the Coalition's stage 3 tax cut policy,

The crisis in public education will not be solved by pitting teachers against each other or by outsourcing responsibility for graduates' jobs. We need greater funding for smaller classes and more teachers on fair wages.