Wonky thinking

Labour lap-blogger Marty G has an interesting justification for increasing the minimum wage:

The Department of Labour produces advice each year on the options for the minimum wage and includes what it believes the employment impact would be of various changes. The 2007 one said the increase to $12 an hour would cost 300-1400 jobs. Did it? Who knows. That kind of change doesn’t appear in the statistics, it’s too small.

But let’s say it did destroy 1,400 jobs. That’s 0.05% of the workforce. In return, 4% of the workforce were getting a direct pay rise and another 16% or so on near to minimum wages were getting bumped up too. It seems like a reasonable trade-off and it’s one that Labour took.

So what they are saying is that they think it is just brilliant that people to lose their jobs so others can be “richer”.

Good oh!

I think this is a prime example of what Matt McCarten described yesterday as the left lacking “intellectual heft”.


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