Minimum Wage Submission

MINIMUM WAGE SUBMISSION APRIL 2013

Abstract

This submission argues that, in circumstances where Australia’s weekly minimum wage is already about equivalent to half of average earnings and is the highest nationally mandated minimum wage in the world, further increases are unnecessary and are likely to have adverse effects on the employment of unskilled or lesser skilled workers. It also argues that the minimum wage is both ineffective and inefficient as a welfare measure to assist low wage earners. Accordingly, the HR Nicholls Society recommends there be no increase in the federal minimum wage and that the FWC should recommend to the government that the minimum wage be scrapped. Read more