Pauline Hanson has backflipped on weekend penalty rates, ruling out One Nation support for a pay cut to retail and hospitality workers.
The senator had previously backed the Fair Work Commission decision to cut Sunday penalty rates for some workers, insisting it would help small businesses.
But she’s changed her mind after listening to voters, she said.
“People have been contacting my office – I’ve been listening to the people, listening to my electorate,” she told 2GB on Monday.
“We have to support the workers out there and I will not support the penalty rates being cut. That’s off the table.”
Senator Hanson has also confirmed she will support the federal government’s proposed tax cuts for companies turning over up to $50 million when the legislation comes before the upper house this week.
“They are the people that actually employ people,” she said.
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 end her strike and resume voting on legislation that comes before the parliament on Tuesday.
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.