70,000 MUMS STILL WORSE OFF UNDER TURNBULL’S LATEST PAID PARENTAL LEAVE CUTS

November 21, 2016


Reports today indicate that the Turnbull Government is considering a backroom deal to get the latest version of his cuts to paid parental leave through the Parliament. 

And yet again, the chaos and dysfunction of Malcolm Turnbull's Government is causing unnecessary anxiety for thousands of pregnant women.

Because even under the so called compromise deal, around 70,000 mums with a median income of $62,000 would be on average $5,600 worse off. 

Make no mistake 70,000 new mums on modest incomes will be thousands of dollars worse off. 

4,000 new mums will lose access to the Government paid parental leave scheme completely and be more than $12,000 worse off.

Pregnant mums need certainty when planning for the birth of their baby, the last thing they need is confusion about how much paid parental leave they are entitled to.

Mr Turnbull currently has a Bill before the Parliament to cut paid parental leave to 80,000 new parents starting on 1 January 2017 - that's only 40 days away. 

What exactly is the Turnbull Government's policy on paid parental leave? 

Australian families know they can't trust the Liberals when it comes to paid parental leave. 

Tony Abbott used to say "over my dead body" when it came to paid parental leave. 

Then the Liberals promised a rolled gold paid parental leave scheme that they later junked. 

Then the Liberals announced on Mothers Day 2015, in the mother of all insults, a massive to cut to paid parental leave to 80,000 new mums. 

This Liberal Government cannot be trusted on paid parental leave - their record is nothing short of atrocious. 

Let's not forget that the Nick Xenophon Party promised before the election not to cut paid parental leave.

Mr Xenophon recently stated that "we made a commitment prior to the last election to make sure the [paid parental leave] scheme was kept intact, that's still our commitment". 

NICK XENOPHON, ABC, 31 OCTOBER 2016 

Families across Australia will be very upset if Mr Xenophon is preparing to break his election promise and do a deal to cut paid parental leave.  

Example: 

 As a result of Mr Turnbull’s so called compromise cuts to paid parental leave a retail worker who gets 8 weeks paid leave from her employer will only have access to 12 weeks from the government instead of 18. This means:

 She only has 20 weeks of paid leave at home instead of 26 weeks (experts recommend mums need 6 months at home caring for their newborn)

 She loses around $4,030 in support (6 weeks at the minimum wage of $672.70).

SUNDAY, 20 NOVEMBER 2016

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