PORTER IS OUT OF TOUCH WITH WORKING MUMS

November 21, 2016


 The Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter today demonstrated how out of touch he is with the needs of working mums. 

Asked in Question Time:

 

“A women working in Coles would lose 10 weeks of paid parental leave, a loss of around $6,700.

 

Can the Acting PM explain to mums working at Coles why he thinks that cutting the amount of time they can spend at home breast-feeding their newborn babies is fair?”

 

-       Jenny Macklin, House of Reps, 21 November 2016

 

Mr Porter gave a misleading answer, giving the impression that working women on average wages will not be affected by his cuts to paid parental leave. 

 

The truth is a mum working full-time (Mon-Fri) at Coles earns around $830 a week or $43,000 a year.

 

This working mum at Coles stands to lose 10 weeks of paid parental leave - a loss of around $6,700.

 

If there any doubt about how out of touch the Turnbull Government is when it comes to Australian families – paid parental leave is it.

 

$6,700 might not be much money to Mr Porter or Mr Turnbull but it makes big difference to a mum working at Coles who is raising a young family. 

 

Mr Porter has got bad habit of using misleading facts and figures to suit his political argument and paid parental leave is no exception.

 

Lie 1: Mr Porter likes to claim that mums with a median income of $43,000 won’t be affected by his unfair cuts to paid parental leave.

 

But official documents from the Department of Social Services clearly show that women with a median income of $43,000 will be thousands of dollars worse off.  

Any claim to the contrary by Mr Porter is false.


Lie 2: Today in Question Time, Christian Porter, also said:

 

They're not terms [double dipping, rorters and fraudsters] I've ever heard the Treasurer use with respect to that particular issue”.

 

-       Christian Porter, House of Reps, 21 November 2016 

 

But Scott Morrison has repeatedly accused working women of being ‘rorters’ and of ‘double-dipping’.

 

MORRISON: frankly in many cases I think is a rort.

 

-       Scott Morrison, Sky News  – 11 May 2015

 

 

MORRISON: and you shouldn’t be able to double dip just because your employer gives you a generous programme.

 

MORRISON: You don’t get to double dip.

 

-       Scott Morrison, Sky News - 11 May 2015

 

MONDAY, 21 NOVEMBER 2016

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