DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES CONTRADICTS MORRISON ON PAID PARENTAL LEAVE

June 04, 2015


The Secretary of the Department of Social Services has directly contradicted his own Minister on Paid Parental Leave, making it clear that Labor’s Paid Parental Leave Scheme is helping women stay at home longer with their newborn baby.

 

After this year’s budget sought to strip new mothers of up to $11,500 worth of Paid Parental Leave, Scott Morrison made the false claim that Labor’s scheme was not helping women stay at home longer. Mr Morrison said:

 

“Importantly, there was an evaluation report done by the previous Government which showed that before and after the Union/Labor PPL scheme that was brought in post 18 weeks there was no change to people staying at home longer with their kids.”

 

SCOTT MORRISON, 2GB, 19 MAY 2015

 

Scott Morrison’s own department has proved this to be completely untrue.

 

Today in estimates, the Secretary of his own Department Mr Finn Pratt said:

 

“Certainty the high level evaluation finding is that PPL has been successful in assisting mothers to stay home with their children longer.”

 

FINN PRATT, DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES, 4 JUNE 2015

 

The evaluation said:

 

“One of the key findings of the evaluation was that PPL had a clear effect of delaying mothers’ return to work up to about six months after the birth of their baby.”

 

PAID PARENTAL LEAVE EVALUATION PHASE 4, p4

 

Scott Morrison should stop lying to justify his cruel cuts.

 

And he should leave Paid Parental Leave alone.

 

THURSDAY, 4 JUNE 2015

 

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