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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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EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS REFERENCES COMMITTEE - 17/05/2010 - Primary Schools for the 21st Century program

Senator Hanson Young -Has the union been involved at all in helping and giving advice to your various members, whether it has been putting forward their applications, knowing who to speak to or resolving any of those issues at that grassroots level before it has gone through to the department or the minister's office?

Mr Watt -The short answer is no.

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EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS REFERENCES COMMITTEE - 17/05/2010 - Primary Schools for the 21st Century program

Senator Hanson Young -Obviously, it seems as if, because of the way you have been able to project manage each of the different upgrades and infrastructure spends and projects yourselves, you obviously have a longstanding process in place to do that because you have had to administer capital grants funding for decades, and I totally understand that.

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