CHANGES to workplace relations will be reviewed after the election, Liberal candidate for Gilmore Ann Sudmalis said yesterday.
Speaking at an ABC Illawarra meet-the-candidates forum in Bomaderry on Wednesday, Mrs Sudmalis reacted angrily to a question about penalty rates from Shoalhaven secretary of the NSW Nurses and Midwives Association Annette Aldrick.
“Any workplace relations legislation is on the table after the election not before, so sorry I can’t answer your question,” Mrs Sudmalis snapped.
“It is exactly as it is right now right through to the election and it will be reviewed after the election and that has been perfectly clear to everybody.”
Mrs Sudmalis said Ms Aldrick’s question was like fiction.
“We are actually not talking about a Stephen King fiction here, we’re not digging up bones,” she said.
Ms Aldrick said she was shocked by Mrs Sudmalis’s angry response.
“She’s shown her true colours in the angry way she responded to the question,” she said.
“I am concerned and our union and other unions are concerned that the Liberal Party will not reveal their industrial relations policy prior to the election.
“I am so shocked by the response. I think it was a perfectly reasonable question and it just got a completely over-the-top response.”
In a statement released yesterday Mrs Sudmalis said: “At last night’s [it was in fact Wednesday morning] candidates forum I incorrectly answered a question relating to workplace policy.
“The Coalition released our policy to improve the Fair Work laws in May this year: this is the only policy that would be implemented if a Coalition government was elected.”