There was enough money available to promise further subsidised childcare, fee-free TAFE and all of their other election policies without the need to wait for the budget. Cost of living pressures are apparently so severe that a wage increase at or above CPI was absolutely necessary immediately to stop workers going backwards, but welfare recipients have to wait it out until the ALP can figure out if there is enough money? It's blatant hypocrisy that many people seem willing to ignore for, reasons.Not sure you read my post clearly! It has been one month, they are going through the rubbery figures left by LNP, budget is due in October.
How about you wait and then tell me about the last 9 years?
The Government have no issue supporting a change where employers have to stump up the additional cash immediately but won't commit to the same thing themselves. That doesn't need more than a month to commit to (if you're actually serious about it).
Personally, I think the wage rise was over the top and that the government could have said they support workers getting a significant increase without making reference to the actual rate (or whether it needed to keep pace with/exceed inflation). But Albanese wanted to look like the knight in shining armour for low paid workers. That's all well and good, but you then look like a hypocrite when you won't go in to bat just as hard for people who don't even have a job.