Election 2016: Greens leader Richard Di Natale fails to declare home, pays au pairs low wage

Election 2016: Greens leader Richard Di Natale fails to declare home, pays au pairs low wage, by James Massola.

Greens leader Richard Di Natale failed to declare his family farm in Victoria’s Otway Ranges for 15 months, breaching parliamentary rules and potentially placing him in “serious contempt” of the Senate. … He also attacked [Labor’s] Mr Feeney for blaming the “maelstrom of events” for his failure to declare his $2.3 million Northcote property.

And Senator Di Natale has paid three au pairs to help with his family as little as $150 a week after tax, or $3.75 an hour – based on a standard 40-hour week – as well as room and board worth $300 a week. … The $150 weekly wage was a quarter of the national minimum wage in 2012 of $606.40 per week, or $15.96 per hour.

Economist Sinclair Davidson congratulates Di Natale, who is publicly a self-declared champion of underpaid workers, for creating employment opportunities.

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.

Gosh, who ever thought the morally superior Greens could be hypocritical. Generous with other people’s money for their own political advantage and obtaining power, yet so stingy with their own money. Congratulations on never before being seriously unmasked by a super-friendly media!

hat-tip Matthew