NATIONALS AGAIN REFUSE TO RULE OUT CROSSING THE FLOOR ON PAID PARENTAL LEAVE

February 27, 2014


Tony Abbott’s Paid Parental Leave Scheme has been dealt another blow, with Nationals Senator John Williams refusing to give his support.

 

When asked directly if he would rule out crossing the floor, he said:

“I'm going to have discussions with the PM to see what the final plan will be.”

[SENATOR JOHN WILLIAMS - ABC CAPITOL HILL - 27 FEBRUARY 2014]

This is the second blow for the Prime Minister today, after the Australian Financial Review reported that the Commission of Audit has recommended the Prime Minister scrap the scheme. 

And it’s not the first time Coalition members have questioned the scheme. Last October, Senator Williams and Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi signalled they may vote against the “Rolls Royce” scheme.

[DAILY TELEGRAPH – 30 OCTOBER 2013]

In May last year, Liberal Member for Mitchell Alex Hawke said:

“The question is, is this good economic policy at this time, and my answer is no.”

[ALEX HAWKE - ABC AM – 6 MAY 2013]

And on 23 August 2010, the Australian Financial Review quoted an unnamed National who described the scheme as “a heap of s**t”.

[AFR – 23 AUGUST 2010]

Nobody supports this scheme except the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister should face facts and scrap his unfair and unaffordable Paid Parental Leave Scheme.

27 February 2014

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