Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


PPL Extension Welcomed For Rural Families

24 April 2005 Media Statement

PPL extension welcomed for rural families

The extension of the Paid Parental Leave scheme to self-employed parents will be good for rural families, Agriculture Minister Jim Sutton and Rural Affairs Minister Damien O'Connor said today.

The two ministers welcomed an announcement by colleague Ruth Dyson that the scheme, which gives government funding for 14 weeks to new parents, would be extended to self-employed parents as well.

Mr Sutton said he was pleased the Labour-Progressive Government had been able to deliver on its promise to rural communities by extending the scheme.

"This Government has a practice of delivering on its promises."

Mr O'Connor said a reality of the New Zealand economy is that we are increasingly reliant on women's skill and abilities as much in the rural sector as elsewhere.

"The new extension is a recognition of the importance that rural women play in our economy and communities."


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>


More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news