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Election 2022: Anthony Albanese will not intervene in the public service

Anthony Albanese has spent days campaigning for Australians’ wages not to fall, but he is ruled out to step in for a group.

Anthony Albanese is focusing his attention on raising the minimum wage, but won’t commit to extending it to the civil service.

If Labor wins next weekend’s election, the Leader of the Opposition will submit a proposal to the Fair Work Commission to raise the minimum wage – which is currently $20.33 an hour – by 5, 1% to keep up with inflation and prevent Australians from “rolling back”.

But Mr. Albanese will not intervene for a pay rise in the civil service.

“We’ve said it very clearly…we need to revitalize the public service,” Mr. Albanese told ABC’s Insiders program.

“We’re not advocating for a pay rise for minimum wage people, we’re arguing that they shouldn’t go back. We will negotiate through a negotiation process.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg argues that a 5.1% wage increase for minimum wage earners would worsen inflation and drive up interest rates.

He said 5.1% was “too high”, but when asked what the appropriate level of salary increase would actually be, he said it was a decision of the Independent Commission fair work.

“You can’t run a $2.1 trillion economy from one press conference to the next,” Frydenberg told Insiders.

Mr Albanese used his appearance on Insiders to support the Government’s plan to entice empty nests to downsize their homes and invest more money in the super.

“This is a modest announcement to extend a workforce reduction program that we have supported so far,” Mr. Albanese said.

“But we support a comprehensive housing plan. This government suggestion is practical, we will support it, but we will have much more to offer the Australian people next Saturday.

Mr Frydenberg said the government expected housing policy to make it easier to downsize an additional 1.3 million households, which would put more money in their super.

He also slammed opposition leader Anthony Albanese for not coming up with his own mind, calling him a “mini-me” and accusing him of copying government policies.

“And at the same time opening up the supply of housing more, which will be good news for the economy as a whole,” Mr. Frydenberg said.

“We introduced this policy initially in…the 2017/18 budget, nearly $10 billion has already been invested in super by people downsizing their homes.

“I see again, Anthony Albanese, another ‘mini-me’, copied us…on that. This guy has no idea of ​​his own.

Mr Albanese was also asked about his party’s costs, which have yet to be released as the election was just six days away.

Host David Speers asked Mr Albanese whether or not he could ‘handle’ more debt.

“We have to be fiscally responsible, so we’ve been very careful with our commitments,” Mr Albanese said.

“Debt is a product of inputs and outputs… We say our investments increase inputs, making sure to put downward pressure on debt, making sure we are fiscally responsible.”

Mr Albanese said he would instruct the Treasury and Finance Departments to ‘go line by line’ and get rid of ‘the waste and waste that is riddled with this budget’.

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