It looks like the Greens leader Richard Di Natale is being entrepreneurial and creating employment opportunities.
SELF-declared champion of underpaid workers, Greens Leader Richard Di Natale, has defended paying backpackers $150 a week to look after his children and work on his farm.
Despite railing against possible cuts to penalty rates and against underpayments, Senator Di Natale has hired three au pairs since entering Parliament and paid them $150 a week. He provided room and board, which he valued at $300 a week.
The rate of pay is less than a quarter of the full time minimum wage of $606.40 a week in 2012.
It seems people are willing to work at less than the minimum wage. I understand the good doctor may be somewhat embarrassed by the revelation that he pays well below the minimum wage, but he has provided employment opportunities to people who otherwise wouldn’t have had a job. Well done.