Pauline Hanson has called off her voting strike and pledged to support part of the federal government’s proposed company tax cuts.
But while the One Nation leader is backing tax cuts for companies turning over up to $50 million, she’s changed her mind on cutting penalty rates for retail and hospitality workers.
Senator Hanson went on strike on Monday, refusing to vote on any legislation in the Senate over a sugar industry dispute in Queensland which she says should be resolved through a mandated code of conduct.
One Nation abstained from voting on legislation to beef up airport security on Monday night, allowing Labor, Greens and Liberal Democrat David Leyonhjelm to push through amendments which the government opposed.
Senator Hanson said developments in the sugar dispute on Monday afternoon meant she would resume looking at legislation that comes before the parliament this week.
The first order of business in the Senate on Tuesday is the federal government’s proposed changes to race-hate speech laws, which Senator Hanson supports.
The upper house is also set to debate the proposed company tax cuts this week with Senator Hanson confirming she will support cuts for companies turning over up to $50 million.
But she doesn’t support cuts to companies turning over more than that.
“I think that’s too far gone, too over the top, and I don’t support that,” she said in a Facebook video.
She’s also ruled out support for a pay cut to retail and hospitality workers, despite previously backing the Fair Work Commission decision to cut Sunday penalty rates to help small businesses.
“The majority of the public do not want a cut to penalty rates on the weekend, you’ve got my support,” she said.
“I’ve listened and this is what you want and I will not support any cuts to the penalty rates.”
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