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Some of the country's lowest paid workers will get a wage rise from the July 1, after a decision by the Fair Work Commission.
Unions have welcomed the three per cent increase to wages, or around $21 extra dollars per week, which will benefit more than two million workers.
But business groups say the rise will impact negatively on small businesses.
Kulasegaram Sanchayan reports in Tamil with a feature written by Gloria Kalache and Amelia Dunn.