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

 


Nats delay tactics on PPL keep families waiting

Sue Moroney

Social Development Spokesperson

28 February  2014                     MEDIA STATEMENT

Nats delay tactics on PPL keep families waiting

The National Party is playing politics with Labour's Bill to extend paid parental leave by using delaying tactics to keep families waiting, says the Bill's author, Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Sue Moroney.

The Government Administration Select Committee today reported back on the Bill, which extends paid parental leave to six months, after National asked for an extension to reconsider their position.

“I agreed to that extension in good faith, but National members introduced no amendments and then voted down the work the select committee had done,” says Sue Moroney.

“That’s deeply cynical. It’s all just a big game to National but Kiwi families are bearing the brunt of it.

“My Bill has the numbers to pass in Parliament by May. It's only National's threatened financial veto that stands in the way of this vital support for babies and their families - they need to move aside and let us get on with it.

“The report shows there were 3809 submissions received on extending PPL to 26 weeks and 99.6% were in favour. National is out of touch with the public.

“Labour’s policy has overwhelming public support and majority support in Parliament. National is the only fly in the ointment.

“The report also shows Bill English's assertion that the Bill would cost $500m in three years was over-egged with official advice to the committee costing the net amount at $220m over the next three years.

"That's less than half the inflated figure used by Mr English to justify his financial veto. Officials identified $28.4m of immediate savings on reaching 26 weeks paid leave.

“This is a conservative figure and the committee didn’t attempt to identify the long-term savings, which is where the most significant gains are according to submitters. Once savings are taken into account, the cost in the forthcoming financial year would be $36m.

“National knows it has lost the argument on paid parental leave so all it has left in its bag of dirty tricks is to delay, delay, delay. Kiwi families deserve better,” says Sue Moroney.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Flyover Over: NZTA Not Appealing Flyover Decision

The NZ Transport Agency has decided not to appeal the High Court’s Basin Bridge decision, and says the High Court’s findings provide valuable clarity to help guide the development of future infrastructure projects throughout the country. More>>

ALSO:

Developing Crown Land: Government, Auckland Iwi Reach Agreement

The government has reached agreement with Ngati Whatua and other Auckland iwi over developing 500 hectares of excess land in Auckland for private housing which had been under High Court challenge. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Maurice Williamson

Maurice Williamson seems to have been granted an annual licence to embarrass the National Party, and its that time of year again. Also as per usual, Williamson’s recent exercise in sexism and homophobia has passed by with barely a murmur from his leader. More>>

ALSO:

Green Climate Plan: Shaw Launches 40% Emission Cut Target

Green Party co-leader James Shaw has announced an emissions target initiative for 40% reduction by 2030. He said agriculture has to long been used as a reason for inaction, a roadblock to action... He proposed a tax of 8 cents per kilo of milk. More>>

ALSO:


Images & Video: Four Alternative Flags For Referendum

Flag Consideration Panel chair, Professor John Burrows, said the Panel’s decision had been guided first and foremost by the results of its engagement programme across a range of communities where thousands of Kiwis shared what was special about New Zealand, as well as the Panel’s own selection criteria. More>>

ALSO:

Transport Report: LGNZ Calls For Proactive Approach To Mobilise Regions

LGNZ has today released Mobilising the Regions, its major transport study, which highlights the economic and social impact of strategic transport decisions nationally and in the regions, and the direct link between regional development, national prosperity, social well-being and cohesiveness. More>>

ALSO:

Transport: New Rules Bring Double-Deckers To Our Cities

New rules that allow buses, including double-deckers, to carry more people will ramp up the public transport offering in our cities, Transport Minister Simon Bridges and Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss say. More>>

ALSO:

Cycling:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news