Leading budget adviser says scrap minimum wage as it encourages employers to pay staff less than they are worth.
He said it drove employers to pay people that minimum rate – rather than considering what value staff offered the business.
Evans said it was almost impossible for families to survive on that.
Many he dealt with had to choose whether they paid rent – petrol – food or other bills because they could not pay for everything.
‘We need to drop the minimum wage and pay people what they are worth’ he said.
Evans said his nephew had recently started work at 19 – earning $17.95 an hour.
‘That’s okay for a 19-year-old who has come out of school but if you are an adult male trying to run a home with a wife and kids it’s soul destroying to slog your guts out 40 hours a week and not be able to sustain the household’.