There is a very serious problem with determining wage levels in Australia. The Fair Work Commission continues to base its minimum wage determinations on a single adult without a family to care for. This means that single-income earners with families dependent on the minimum wage are being forced to live in poverty. The value of the minimum wage has decreased in relation to national wage levels in recent decades.
SOURCE: Bruce Duncan. “Urgent need to Restore Minimum Wage levels.” Social Policy Connections, 01 April 2019.
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