When you work unsociable hours and miss out on time with family and friends, you deserve to be compensated -- that's why penalty rates exist. And they're an essential part of many workers' take-home pay that, if cut, would make life pretty difficult.
But here's the worrying truth, plain and simple: Tony Abbott is on the record supporting the elimination of penalty rates.
We know he's hearing the demands of big business loud and clear who are pushing him to make eliminating penalty rates a priority of his government should he be elected. But it doesn't have to be if enough of us demand penalty rates be protected.