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

 


PPL Veto looks increasingly heavy-handed

Sue
MORONEY
Early Childhood Education Spokesperson

10 April 2013 MEDIA STATEMENT
PPL Veto looks increasingly heavy-handed

The Government's threat to veto the Paid Parental Leave Bill has back-fired, making New Zealanders even more determined to progress the issue, says Labour MP Sue Moroney.

The Government Administration Select Committee travelled to Auckland today to hear submissions on the bill, which would extend PPL to six months.

“All 12 submissions supported the bill and some urged the Select Committee to go further to support families in those early months.

"Family First requested four weeks exclusive leave for fathers on top of the further 12 weeks proposed in the current bill for either parent to use.

“Another submitter, Laila Harre advised the committee to consider funding extended PPL through an employer levy, if the Government is hell-bent on using a financial veto.

"My Bill does not impose any costs on employers, but the Government's stubborn refusal to lift its threat has prompted supporters to suggest alternate funding sources.

The Government’s costings for extending PPL have been grossly overstated. The actual cost is expected to be well below the figures bandied about by Finance Minister Bill English as justification for the veto.

“The Equal Justice Project pointed out that the use of a financial veto to stop the bill is an undemocratic abuse of power and is being used to by-pass MMP.

“Several submitters have also asked the committee to extend the eligibility of PPL to casual and seasonal working parents.

"Pressure is mounting on the Government to drop its heavy-handed threat of financial veto, so that babies and families can be supported in those precious early months,” Sue Moroney said.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Patience: Drive Safe

Be patient before passing is the AA's message for drivers this Labour weekend.

"People taking crazy risks to get past other vehicles is one of the most dangerous things on the road,” says AA spokesperson Dylan Thomsen.

“The weather is looking good for the long weekend so the roads will be busy. Unfortunately, that also increases the chances of people getting frustrated and trying a risky passing manoeuvre. When they get past, there will probably be more traffic up ahead anyway so it won’t get people there faster.” More>>

 
 

Parliament Today:

Employment Relations Bill: Govt Strains To Get Tea Break Law Through

The Government has been left with egg on its face - failing to get its much-vaunted, but hugely unpopular, meal break law passed in the first week of its new term, Labour spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

Guns: Police Association Call To Arm Police Full Time

"The new minister gave his view, that Police do not need to be armed, while standing on the forecourt of parliament. The dark irony was that the interview followed immediately after breaking news of a gunman running amok in the Canadian parliament in Ottawa..." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Tokenism Of New Zealand's Role Against Islamic State

Our contribution against IS will be to send SAS forces to train the Iraqis? That’s like offering trainers to General Custer just as the 7th cavalry reached the Little Big Horn. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Shell And Todd Caught Drilling Without Approval

Multi-national oil company Shell’s New Zealand arm and local energy giant Todd Energy have breached the new law governing New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone, the Environmental Protection Authority says in an Oct. 10 document released by the Green Party. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Pharmac, Gough Whitlam And Sleater-Kinney

We’re not at the outset of these negotiations. The outset was six years ago, and negotiators were hoping to have some sort of ‘framework’ deal finished in time for the APEC meeting in a few weeks’ time. These ‘extreme’ positions are what we’ve reached near the intended end of the negotiations… More>>

ALSO:

PM Of Many Hats: Questions, No Answers On Whale Oil

Dr RUSSEL NORMAN (Co-Leader – Green) to the Prime Minister: How many times since November 2008 has he spoken with blogger Cameron Slater on the phone and how many times, if any, has he texted him?
Rt Hon JOHN KEY (Prime Minister): None in my capacity as Prime Minister. More>>

ALSO:

Aussie Investigation Dropped: Call On Minister McCully To Pursue The Case Of Balibo Five

West Papua Action is deeply concerned at the lack of any clear outcome from the Australian Federal Police inquiry into the 1975 deaths of the ‘Balibo Five’ including NZ journalist Gary Cunningham. More>>

ALSO:

'Feed The Kids' Bill: Metiria Turei To Lead Fight On Feeding Hungry Children

Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei is urging all political parties to support the Feed the Kids Bill which she inherited today from Mana leader Hone Harawira. More>>

ALSO:

Parliament Today: State Opening Of Parliament

The House sat at 10.30am on Tuesday before MPs were summoned to hear the Speech from the Throne in the Legislative Council Chamber. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news