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

 


Six months Paid Parental Leave on the Agenda

17 June 2009
Media Statement


Six months Paid Parental Leave on the Agenda

Investing in building strong families is one of the most valuable things that Governments can do, which is why Labour Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney has drafted a Bill seeking an extension to Paid Parental Leave

“Extending PPL allows parents to bond with their new babies, supports breast-feeding for 6 months and helps families to focus on their needs during those precious early months,” Sue Moroney says.

“New Zealand currently has 14 weeks PPL, brought in by the Labour Government.

“However, other countries have much longer leave periods and Australia will move to 18 weeks PPL in 2011.

Sue Moroney said her Bill recognised the current economic situation, and allowed a clear pathway forward so that both families and workplaces could have certainty on this important issue.

The Bill proposes to move to 18 weeks paid parental leave on January 1, 2011, then 22 weeks on January 1, 2012; and finally 26 weeks (six months) on January 1 2013.

Based on 2008/09 figures, it would cost $40m additional funding in each phase.

My members' bill during my first term in Parliament (2005) became law (meal breaks and rest periods) and I now want to improve the work/life balance of New Zealand families further with this bill which I hope will be supported across all political parties in Parliament.

“I Hope my Bill to extend Paid Parental Leave will drawn from today’s Ballot,” Sue Moroney said.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On Bank Scandals (And Air Crashes)

Last month, the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) filed proceedings against Westpac over activities that have some distinct echoes of the Libor scandal. More>>

Budget: Health Funding Must Keep Up With Need

NZNO: “The nursing team has been doing more with less for years. It’s getting to the point that we’re really worried about our colleagues, our patients, our jobs and the level of health care available for people in our country." More>>

ALSO:

Emissions Inventory: Time For The Government To Do The Right Thing

It’s time for the National Government to step up and do the right thing to reduce climate pollution as data shows New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions are higher than ever, the Green Party said today. More>>

ALSO:

Budget 2016: More Partnership Schools To Open

Seven new schools will join the eight Partnership Schools already open, along with further new schools opening in 2017. “The growth of this policy is a reflection of the high level of interest from educators and community leaders,” Mr Seymour says. More>>

ALSO:

No Correspondence With English: Did Brownlee Make Up Sale Of Navy Ships ‘On The Hoof?’

Having revealed that several Royal New Zealand Navy vessels have not left port in years, New Zealand First is now asking the Minister of Defence to prove he did not come up with the idea of selling HMNZS Taupo and Pukaki until the media asked him. More>>

Housing Plans: Labour- Abolish Auckland Urban Boundary
The Government should rule out any possibility of an urban growth boundary in Auckland Council’s Unitary Plan if it is serious about fixing the housing crisis. More>>
Greens - State House Solution
The Homes Not Cars policy allows Housing New Zealand to retain its dividend and, in addition, would refund its tax, to spend on the emergency building of around 450 new state houses. More>>

ALSO:

Houses And Taxes: Post-Cabinet, Pre-Budget Press Conference

The Prime Minister said that the pre-budget announcements showed that his Government is “investing in a growing economy”. He re-affirmed the National Government’s commitment to lowering personal tax rates but that any such change must fit with the fiscal reality of the time. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news