Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

What do we want our taxes to pay for? - Knowles


Media release 5 March 2001

What do we want our taxes to pay for? - Knowles

Employers' Federation chief executive Anne Knowles says there is widespread misunderstanding about parental leave benefits in New Zealand, with many seeming to think that New Zealand is somehow behind other countries.

"In fact, provisions for new parents in New Zealand are very comprehensive and compare extremely favourably internationally," Ms Knowles said.

"Our law provides job protection for mothers or fathers taking parental leave, guaranteeing their jobs will be kept open for them for 12 months. Employers have accepted this policy, even though it imposes significant training and replacement costs on them.

"As well, social welfare targeting (the DPB and family support) ensures families receive support if unable to take full responsibility for the costs of having and raising children."

Ms Knowles says those pushing for parental leave paid for by the taxpayer often use the justification that they are trying to implement relevant ILO conventions.

"However these conventions need to be seen in context. Many such conventions are pushed through the ILO by countries which often pay large state benefits but which also suffer from stagnating private enterprise sectors caused at least in part by the large tax burden required to pay the benefits. This is not an economic model that New Zealand should be in a hurry to follow. Moreover the conventions are often voted for by other countries which have no intention or ability to implement them."

Ms Knowles says the current situation in New Zealand:
a) protects existing jobs,
b) provides targeted help where needed, and
c) does not discriminate between those in or out of the paid work force.

"It's the Government's prerogative to introduce a policy to pay for paid parental leave out of taxes, and it will no doubt weigh up all the costs and benefits. If the Government decides a payment to those on parental leave from employment is more important than equivalent spending on health, education, defence or other priorities, then that is its right. It is a matter for the community and its Government to decide."

Contact Anne Knowles 04 4994111

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Madrid Climate Talks: Decade Ending 2019 Likely To Be Hottest On Record

Exceptional global heat driven by greenhouse gas emissions mean this decade will most likely go down as the warmest on record, according to the World Meteorological Organization...

The agency also finds that 2019 is on track to be the second or third warmest year in history, with the global average temperature during January through October, roughly 1.1 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial era.

“If we do not take urgent climate action now, then we are heading for a temperature increase of more than 3°C by the end of the century, with ever more harmful impacts on human wellbeing.” More>>

 

NZ First Conflicts Of Interest: New Details Around Timeline

New information has emerged showing it was the New Zealand First chief of staff who identified potential conflicts of interest between a forestry company and two senior government ministers, sparking a series of declarations. More>>

Earlier:

Donations:

Five New Cancer Meds In Six Months: Pharmac Funds More Cancer Medicines, Faster Assessment

PHARMAC has confirmed that two new medicines – olaparib for ovarian cancer and fulvestrant for breast cancer – have been approved for funding... Rituximab and bortezomib, which are already funded, have also been approved for widened access following successful commercial proposals from new suppliers. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Stoking Fears About Cannabis Law Reform

It was always going to be hard to have a rational debate on cannabis reform. Far easier for politicians to win votes by stoking alarm... More>>

ALSO:

Tūhoronuku Mandate Recognition Ends: "New Opportunity" For Ngāpuhi Treaty Negotiations

The Crown is providing an opportunity for the hapu of Ngāpuhi to rebuild its framework from the ground up for collective negotiations to deal with its historical Treaty claims... More>>

ALSO:

Pike River: Next Phase Of Recovery Underway

“Fresh air will be pumped into the Pike River Mine drift this week, following acceptance of the plan for re-entry beyond the 170m barrier by New Zealand’s independent health and safety regulator WorkSafe." More>>

ALSO:

Peters Stoic: Russia On Afghan Firing Range Deaths

The foreign minister won't be calling in the Russian ambassador concerning comments made about New Zealand soldiers in Afghanistan. In a media briefing late last month, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said New Zealand must investigate crimes against civilians. More>>

ALSO:

Christchurch Call: Online Crisis Response Workshop In Wellington

Governments and tech companies are holding a two-day workshop, hosted by YouTube/Google in Wellington, to test the Christchurch Call Shared Crisis Response Protocol. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 


 

InfoPages News Channels