LABOR CALLS ON SENATE TO REJECT CUTS TO PAID PARENTAL LEAVE

September 16, 2015


Labor Senators have tabled a dissenting report into the Turnbull Liberal Government’s cuts to Paid Parental Leave, calling on the Senate to reject the Turnbull Government’s cuts to Paid Parental Leave.

The overwhelming weight of evidence presented to the Committee shows that families – particularly low income families – will be hurt by these cuts. They should not proceed.

 

Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison’s cuts to paid parental leave will be devastating for new parents, who will be forced to spend less time with their newborn babies in those precious early months of their child's life.

 

The report details that 80,000 new parents will lose access to the national, government-funded PPL scheme. 34,000 parents will lose all of their $11,800 government-funded scheme and a further 45,000 parents will lose part of their PPL.

 

Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison’s cuts to paid parental leave are bad for new parents and bad for babies.

 

The report shows that the Government’s own modelling estimates that new parents with a median income of just $43,000 will lose part of the 18 week government entitlement.

 

This means these new parents will receive around $4,300 less than they otherwise would have under the current arrangements.

 

The Liberal Party’s cuts to paid parental leave will negatively affect female workforce participation, gender pay equity and economic growth.

 

New parents won’t forget that Malcolm Turnbull sat around the Cabinet table and endorsed these cuts to paid parental leave.

 

New parents won’t forget that Malcolm Turnbull sat around the Cabinet table that accused new mums who access both employer and government PPL schemes of being ‘double dippers’.

 

If Malcom Turnbull really wanted to show new leadership he would take this Bill and this bad policy out of the Parliament all together.

 

Should Malcom Turnbull fail to show new leadership the Senate must vote against these unfair cuts to Paid Parental Leave.

 

TUESDAY, 15 SEPTEMBER 2015

 

Download PDF