The Coalition will seek to disallow a regulation signed by Workplace Relations Minister Chris Evans that will impose a financial burden on up to 316 Queensland community welfare organisations for back pay for which they haven't been funded.
The 316 organisations that will be affected will face back pay liabilities of up to $500 million for their workers. This will cause significant pain to many of these organisations who are at the very heart of local communities across Queensland.
"This has been done with no consultation with the people it will affect and puts many vital services at risk," Shadow Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Senator Eric Abetz said today.
"We have no qualms with low paid workers getting a fair wage but to force back pay without providing full supplementation to these organisations will cost services and will have a crippling affect on many."
"Senator Sue Boyce, Alex Somlyay, George Christensen, Warren Truss and Queensland Shadow Minister Fiona Simpson have done exceptional work in ensuring that the concerns of these organisations are being heard loud and clear," Senator Abetz concluded.
"The 316 community organisations listed are the kinds of organisations you expect to see on an honour role for their fantastic work not on a Labor Government hit list," said Queensland Senator Sue Boyce.
"It's vital that these organisations be able to get on with the job and deliver their services without being penalised with red tape and financial burdens of up to $500 million," Senator Boyce said.
"Many organisations in my electorate will be gutted by this regulation that defies the common sense test," said Member for Fairfax Alex Somlyay.
"This is yet another example of the Coalition listening to the community and delivering."
"On the other hand we have an out of touch Labor/Green covenant which would target this vital sector rather than genuinely consulting and delivering for the community," Mr Somlyay concluded.