Legislative Council: Wednesday, May 18, 2022


Question Time

Public Sector Wages

The Hon. N.J. CENTOFANTI (Leader of the Opposition) (14:20): My question is to the Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector. Does the minister support federal Labor's plan to increase public sector wages, and the call from federal Labor leader Anthony Albanese for a 5.1 per cent pay rise to match the current rate of inflation?

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Attorney-General, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector) (14:20): I thank the honourable member for her question. It is not South Australian Labor's jurisdictional place to talk about federal wage cases, but I think all of us—probably on both sides of the chamber—would like to see the lowest paid in Australia being able to make ends meet as best they can.