On Friday, the ALP submitted to the Fair Work Commission that the minimum wage should be increased by 5.1%. Shop assistants, cleaners and workers raised concerns about what raising the minimum wage would do to Australia’s economy. Scott Morrison had said it would be throwing fuel on the fire on the rising cost of living .

The Wire looks at what this increase will do to Australia’s economy and how it will affect Australia’s lowest income earners.

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Produced By: Claudia Copeland

Featured In Story: Tim Harcourt, Professor & Chief Economist at University of Technology Sydney, and Bernie Smith, State Secretary SDA Union for Retail, Fast-Food & Warehouse Workers

First aired on The Wire, Monday 6 June 2022