Labor disappointed by comments from Cathy McGowan in battle for struggling workers

SPEAK UP: Eric Kerr says he is disappointed with Indi MP Cathy McGowan's comments on penalty rates, made despite last week's rally by hundreds of people.
SPEAK UP: Eric Kerr says he is disappointed with Indi MP Cathy McGowan's comments on penalty rates, made despite last week's rally by hundreds of people.

Former Indi Labor candidate Eric Kerr has accused Cathy McGowan of not having a loud enough voice when supporting workers.

Ms McGowan last week stood by her view that penalty rates should be determined by the Fair Work Commission rather than politicians, following a rally outside her Wodonga office, saying “I’m totally against special rules for special people.”

“The reality is that these changes to penalty rates hurt people,” Mr Kerr said.

“These ‘special people’ Ms McGowan refers to are those struggling to get by: single parents, families, young people, students.

“The change comes at a time when the gap between the wealthy and poor continues to grow wider, the government is proposing giving large Trump style tax cuts to big business over regular Australians.”