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EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS REFERENCES COMMITTEE - 29/10/2010 - National Assessment Program-Literacy and Numeracy

Senator Hanson Young -You have talked about this as a complementary measure to the already existing NAPLAN tests and you are arguing that being able to put out all this information means more transparency and greater breadth of information. In your opening statement you made a comment around needing to use this for action. What do you mean by that?

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Greens Scholarships Scheme To Get Our Best And Brightest Into Teaching

The Australian Greens will tackle the ongoing teaching shortage by using a Commonwealth Scholarships Scheme to attract our best and brightest students to work in the education system, according to Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

Senator Hanson-Young, Greens spokesperson on Education, says the party's education plan is designed to make practical improvements to the system, such as investing to secure the future supply of good quality teachers to educate our children.

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An Improved Fair Work Act Will Help Parents, Carers, Workers

The Australian Greens will move to improve industrial laws to guarantee entitlements for parents, carers and workers and make Australia a better place to work and live, according to Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

Senator Hanson-Young, Greens spokesperson on the Status of Women, says the Greens know the simplest and best way to guarantee industrial entitlements is to amend the Fair Work Act.

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Statement Responding to the Passage of Paid Parental Leave Legislation

Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, Greens Spokesperson on the Status of Women:

"We welcome the fact that Australia finally has a Paid Parental Leave scheme, but the scheme's inadequacies mean that our work is not yet finished.

"This is an historic day, as Federal Parliament has achieved something that supporters of parental leave have sought for 30 years.

"It is, however, only one step on the road to achieving the scheme that we need.

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Paid Parental Leave Bill 2010 - Second Reading Speech

Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (6.21 pm) - I rise to add my contribution to the debate the government's Paid Parental Leave Bill 2010 and Paid Parental Leave (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2010.

This is a historic day in this chamber: all three of the major players in this place are committed to some form of paid parental leave and are also committed to seeing that some scheme is up and running by the end of this year.

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Paid Parental Leave Policy Is Missing Actual Leave

The Government needs to come clean on what its Paid Parental Leave Scheme really means for working families, starting with its name.

It's a great irony that an initiative called Paid Parental Leave does not actually give anyone an actual right to time off work after birth.

In fact, if an employee has been working for less than 12 months, they have no guarantee they can return to their job if they take leave.

All the Government's scheme does is entitle employees to a payment (18 weeks at the minimum wage) even if their employer won't give them their job back.

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Paid parental leave policy is missing actual leave

The Government needs to come clean on what its Paid Parental Leave Scheme really means for working families, starting with its name.

It’s a great irony that an initiative called Paid Parental Leave does not actually give anyone an actual right to time off work after birth.

In fact, if an employee has been working for less than 12 months, they have no guarantee they can return to their job if they take leave.

All the Government’s scheme does is entitle employees to a payment (18 weeks at the minimum wage) even if their employer won’t give them their job back.

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Greens Move For Six Months Plus Super In Paid Parental Leave Scheme

The Australian Greens will be moving to give working parents protection and certainty when the Government's Paid Parental Leave Scheme comes before the Senate, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has confirmed today.

"There are a number of deficiencies in the Government's plan; from its failure to actually guarantee leave, to defying World Health Organisation standards and dudding working parents out of superannuation. Many parents are concerned that the Government is not delivering on what it promised," said the Greens' Spokesperson for the Status of Women, Senator Hanson-Young.

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Greens Move For Six Months Plus Super in Paid Parental Leave Scheme

The Australian Greens will be moving to give working parents protection and certainty when the Government's Paid Parental Leave Scheme comes before the Senate, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has confirmed today.

"There are a number of deficiencies in the Government's plan; from its failure to actually guarantee leave, to defying World Health Organisation standards and dudding working parents out of superannuation. Many parents are concerned that the Government is not delivering on what it promised," said the Greens' Spokesperson for the Status of Women, Senator Hanson-Young.

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