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Paid Parental Leave - Welfare For The Well Off

29 March 2002

The Government's Paid Parental Leave bill will deliver welfare for the well off, and not much for anyone else, National MPs said today.

"Advice to the Government shows that it is well-paid professions like legislators, administrators, and managers who will benefit from paid parental leave. But the majority of the largest group of employees - service and salesworkers - won't qualify," National Social Services Spokesperson Bob Simcock said.

"Public servants will be particularly advantaged in receiving a double payment from the Government. Official advice shows that over half of the $57m going into paid parental leave will go to public servants, who already receive over $20m in similar entitlements.

Mrs Tolley said at the same time self employed shopkeepers or taxi drivers would get nothing. "Nor do low income workers in casualised industries like cleaning, and people who choose to leave work permanently to care for children also miss out.

"This legislation is simply not fair. It is about middle class votes, not justice or equity," Mrs Tolley said.


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