Thu, 15 Oct, 2020

Scott Morrison causes a stir over miners' salary remark

Scott Morrison causes a stir over miners' salary remark

Scott Morrison has caused a stir by suggesting that FIFO miners earning $180,000 a year aren’t rich.

The Prime Minister made the comments while defending the federal government’s planned tax cuts for high income earners while visiting Queensland on Wednesday.

“It’s hard work, you’re away from your families. It’s fly in and it’s fly out. And you do earn a bit more when you’re doing that,” Morrison said of mining work.

“But I tell you what, you put a bit of it away, too. And I don’t think they should be penalised and treated like they’re some merchant banker in Sydney.”

“They’re not, they’re hardworking people working out on mines and difficult parts of the country. I think they deserve a tax cut.”

Morrison answered questions about his planned tax for high income earners after Labor leader Anthony Albanese hinted at scrapping the policy if he wins the next election.

The Coalition’s stage three tax cuts are due July 2024, with this on a $200,000 income receiving an extra $11,640 back each year.

Morrison’s comments have divided public opinion, including the Sunrise Hot Topic panel.

“I guess it depends where you live in Australia as to whether or not you’re wealthy on $180,000,” Sunrise Host Samantha Armytage said.

“In Sydney, probably not.”

Social commentator Jane Caro said Morrison’s statement was a slap in the face to women who have suffered the most during this coronavirus recession.

“For the many women over 60 surviving on $40 a day on the old Newstart rate then $180,000 is beyond their greatest dreams,” she said.

“The thing about these tax cuts is they disproportionately favour higher earners and they therefore favour men and we know this recession has hit women much harder than men.”

“They have lost more jobs, they have lost more work.”

“We need to be doing more to help women and we’re doing absolutely nothing,” she claimed.