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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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A Strong Paid Parental Leave Scheme

We have a tremendous opportunity coming up in the Senate to deliver really strong paid parental leave for Australian new mums and dads.

The Greens want to give Australian parents 6 months of paid leave including super and make sure that whoever you are, you get your job back after you have a baby.

But the scheme the Government will pass in the Lower House this week is selling Australian families short.

1)    It won’t give parents an actual right to leave from their jobs or guarantee them their job back

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EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS REFERENCES COMMITTEE - 19/05/2010 - Primary Schools for the 21st Century program

Senator Hanson Young -Let me know if you have already answered any of the questions I ask. I apologise: I am jumping between two committees today. I have gone from paid parental leave to Building the Education Revolution. Usually you would assume that they should seamlessly mould into each other!

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EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS REFERENCES COMMITTEE - 18/05/2010 - Primary Schools for the 21st Century program

Senator Hanson Young —Thank you to all of you for your submission and coming along today. It seems pretty clear that we are talking about intimidation of individual school communities and principals, the sheer frustration of people not being able to get information they wanted in the beginning and the lack of follow-through as projects rolled out.

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EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS REFERENCES COMMITTEE - 18/05/2010 - Primary Schools for the 21st Century program

Senator Hanson Young -Just following on from that line of questioning, obviously there are reports in today's paper. I am sure in your preparation for coming today you would have seen claims and concerns in relation to 35 per cent of a particular project, $1.2 million worth, being spent on management fees-it lists them all.

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