Liberal MP Ann Sudmalis cries over penalty rate attacks

A Federal government backbencher was reduced to tears in Parliament after Labor attacked her comments describing penalty rate cuts as a 'gift'.

Ann Sudmalis said last week's Fair Work Commission ruling on Sunday and public holiday rates would open the door for more hours of employment.

'And in a regional area like Gilmore (on the NSW south coast), that's a gift,' she told the Illawarra Mercury.

'That is a gift for our young people to get a foot in the door of employment.'

Labor's number one target: Liberal MP Ann Sudmalis was seen wiping away tears as she came under ferocious attack by the Opposition in Question Time on Wednesday

Ms Sudmalis, first elected to the Parliament in 2013, dabbed her eyes with a tissue during a particularly rough Question Time 

The MP for Gilmore, on the NSW South Coast, said last week's Fair Work Commission ruling on Sunday and public holiday rates would open the door for more hours of employment 

Those comments have been the subject of several questions from the

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