Brendan O’Connor is the Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations. His job is to send emails. This email titled ‘No more minimum wage?’ came from him today:
The minimum wage is under attack from Tony Abbott’s mates at the Institute for Public Affairs.
The right-wing think-tank, the IPA has told the Productivity Commission’s review into workplace laws that their preferred policy position “is for the statutory minimum wage regime to be abolished.”
The Liberals are using this review as a blueprint for the revival of WorkChoices and an attack on penalty rates, allowances, and the minimum wage.
While the IPA and many Liberals are “philosophically opposed to the government mandating wage levels”, you and I both know how important the minimum wage is. Abolishing the minimum wage would have a devastating effect on the most vulnerable in our community.
Can you sign our petition to tell Tony Abbot to rule out agreeing with the IPA’s submission and stop attacking the minimum wage?
The IPA has a huge influence on Liberal policy. We’ve seen it before. The IPA asked the Liberals to repeal 18C, abolish the Department of Climate Change and repeal the Renewable Energy Target. 
We need to show Tony Abbott and the Liberals that Australians want a fair and reasonable minimum wage. Add your name to tell Tony Abbot to reject the IPA’s submission and support a fair minimum wage.
Thanks for your support,
I’m sorry, but that’s simply pathetic. He wants us to sign a petition to show Tony Abbott a thing or two. Really, is that the best Labor can do?
My message to Brendan O’Connor is to stand up in Parliament and bust Tony Abbott’s arse over it. Take him to task. Chew his bloody ear out. Verbally bash him from pillar to post. Scream it from the rooftops if you must, but don’t send me an email asking me to sign a useless petition that will do sweet bugger all. You may as well blow Tony Abbott some kisses for all the good a damn petition will do.
I’ve searched Google: the last time Brendan O’Connor mentioned the minimum wage to the press was in late January. I had a look at the ALP web site – maybe he’s made an appearance there. No.
I guess it’s easier to send an email asking for signatures on a petition that Tony Abbott will only piss on . . . if he ever gets to see it.