Wage Rise Key to Keeping Australians out of Poverty: Bishops

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has argued for a 4.9 per cent rise in the national minimum wage.

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"Mindful that we are called by the world and the church at this particular time in history to hear the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor, we, Sisters of Mercy Parramatta Congregation, will continue to respond mercifully to both." (Chapter Statement)

The Conference has lodged a submission to the Fair Work Commission’s annual wage review through the Australian Catholic Council for Employment Relations.

Such a move would provide for an increase in the national minimum wage of $43.30 a week, bringing it from $882.80 to $926.10 a week.

  • Read the Media Release in full here
  • Download the full submission here (73pps, PDF)

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