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Dunne behind the times on PPL

Sue
Moroney

Social Development Spokesperson


5 July 2014 MEDIA STATEMENT

Dunne behind the times on PPL

Peter Dunne’s announcement today on paid parental leave does not make sense. Men and women already have the legal right to share paid parental leave, says Labour's Spokesperson for Social Development Sue Moroney.

"That's why, when introduced by a Labour-led Government in 2002, it was called parental leave rather than maternity leave.

"As long as the baby's mother qualifies for PPL, she can share that with her partner or spouse.

"It is important to clarify this, given United First today announced a policy to do what is already in the legislation.

"Men can and do take paid parental leave now. They have the legal right to do so and Labour wants men to be actively involved in the upbringing of their children, says Sue Moroney.

"Achieving six months paid parental leave will provide more opportunity for men to share the experience of raising children. I thank Mr Dunne for his support of my Bill that does this."

ENDS


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