PORTER WANTS TO CUT PAID PARENTAL LEAVE EVEN FURTHER

September 22, 2015


Reports today indicate that rookie Minister Christian Porter is looking at new ways to cut paid parental leave, this time by changing the means test to include the non-caring parent.

It is clear that this government simply does not understand the purpose of Paid Parental Leave. PPL is designed to support primary carers to take time out of the workforce. Means testing it to the other parent will mean less support for new mums.

The current Abbott-Turnbull Government’s cuts to paid parental leave have absolutely no support.

A recent Senate hearing trashed the Abbott-Turnbull Government’s proposed cuts to paid parental leave, with business leaders, unions, family groups and academics all condemning the cuts as unfair and unwarranted.

Business group ACCI have questioned the Abbott-Turnbull Government’s claimed budget savings saying that they won’t be achieved.

Family groups say the cuts will hurt new parents and their newborn babies.

So why on earth is Christian Porter considering making even deeper cuts to paid parental leave?

If Malcolm Turnbull and Christian Porter want to show that this Liberal Government has really changed they should immediately scrap these unfair cuts to 80,000 new parents every year.

If they don’t it will prove that nothing has really changed under Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership.

Mr Porter must listen to what people are saying about the Liberals unfair cuts to paid parental leave and scrap the cuts -

“It is expected that the proposed changes will result in almost half of all of new parents currently entitled to PPL losing a substantial amount of their paid leave.”

 

“Very few of these parents are ‘well paid public servants’ they include ordinary women working in retail, hospitality, and community services whose employer entitlements rarely extend beyond a few weeks. These hard working, low to middle income women starting or extending their families are the ones expected to be worst hit by the proposed changes”

 

THE PARENTHOOD, SUBMISSION

“Women are most probably going to be forced back into the workplace earlier than would otherwise be the case.”

 

RUTH MEDD, WOMEN ON BOARDS, 1 SEPTEMBER 2015

 

“I am currently on maternity leave and utilising the 18 weeks of parental leave money. Without this assistance, I would have been forced to return to work when Angus was 2½ months old in order to make ends meet for our family.”

 

ANITA STIRLING, AUSTRALIAN NURSERTY AND MIDWIFERY FEDERATION, 1 SEPTEMBER 2015

 

“To insult us by saying we’re double-dippers is very disappointing.”

LIEUTENTANT COMMANDER, SANDRA CROFT, 1 SEPTEMBER 2015

 

“This is about simply trying to stay afloat whilst having time with a baby.”

 

RACHEL GREEN, THE PARENTHOOD, 1 SEPTEMBER 2015

 

 

“Nearly half of all employees entitled to paid parental leave under the current scheme will have their entitlement reduced, and 20 per cent will lose the entire government contribution, valued currently at $11,824.”

 

GED KEARNEY, ACTU, 1 SEPTEMBER 2015

 

 

“Particularly distressing was the notion that this was in some way double-dipping or rorting. It simply is not the case. People saw that as a very direct and personal attack on working parents and women in particular who utilise those entitlements.”

 

NADINE FLOOD, CPSU, 1 SEPTEMBER 2015

 

 

“The proposal works against female participation and therefore has negative economic consequences for the Australian economy.”

 

GERARD DWYER, SDA, 1 SEPTEMBER 2015

 

“The proposed changes are a highly retrograde step that will reduce income for many working women during the period they are on maternity leave.”

 

MARIAN BAIRD, WOMEN WORK RESEARCH GROUP, UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY, 1 SEPTEMBER 2015

 

 

“The proposed changes have the potential to reverse the positive impacts of the current scheme on women and their infants' health outcomes; that the changes will reduce income and may force women to return to work earlier than desired and therefore may impose increased demand on a childcare system already under pressure.”

 

MARIAN BAIRD, WOMEN WORK RESEARCH GROUP, UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY, 1 SEPTEMBER 2015

 

 

“The Government has indicated… they will save almost $1 billion from this piece of legislation, we are concerned that won’t happen, in fact we’re fairly confident that won’t happen.”

KATE CARNELL, ACCI, 1 SEPTEMBER 2015

 

“The Australian Chamber believes that the cost savings the government has predicted will not materialise as a result of this measure. The changes proposed in the bill could disrupt existing schemes.”

 

ALANA MATHESON, ACCI, 1 SEPTEMBER 2015

 

The Minister’s own Department has also made it clear that around 45,000 new parents with a median income of $43,000 will partially lose their existing PPL entitlements.

 

“It is estimated this group represents about 27 per cent, or around 45,000, of currently eligible parents and have an estimated medium annual income of $43,000.”

 

BARBARA BENNETT, DSS, 1 SEPTEMBER 2015

 

ENDS

 

TUESDAY, 22 SEPTEMBER 2015

 

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