No valid arguments against extending paid parental leave
No valid arguments against extending paid parental
The community coalition established to promote
extending paid parental leave, 26 for Babies, today
delivered a strong message to parliament that no good
arguments had been put up against legislation.
Babies spokesperson Deborah Morris-Travers said that the
public had delivered a strong mandate in the form of
submissions and that all political parties outside National
and ACT supported Sue Moroney’s bill to take paid parental
leave to six months.
“With only seven submissions
against this bill, opponents have scrambled to find
arguments against extending our very low paid parental leave
entitlement that don’t really exist,” said Deborah
“All the evidence is that a longer
period of paid parental leave is in the best interest of
babies, parents and the workforce,” said Morris-Travers.
“It also makes sound economic sense and there is no
excuse for the financial veto that government has
threatened. Government’s inflated costings have not fooled
submitters who are clear about the financial wisdom of
investing in those important early months.”
Morris-Travers said that the responsibility now lay with the
National Party to put politics aside and either support
Moroney’s bill or come up with a modified plan to give
parents more time with their new babies.
The 26 for
Babies coalition is a broad grouping of child advocates,
breastfeeding and health organisations, women’s groups,
others NGOs and trade unions. Their submission today was
preceded by a pushchair march to the select committee.
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