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Universal paid parental leave key to closing gender pay gap

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has pointed to new research on the pay gap between men and women as another compelling reason to introduce universal paid parental leave in Australia.

The National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling will publish a report today that finds young women are likely to earn around $1 million less than their male counterparts over a lifetime, with this gap exacerbated by having children.

“It’s disgraceful that we are still talking about an unfair gender pay gap in Australia in 2009,” said Senator Hanson-Young.

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Sun Herald - By Invitation Only: Parents want help, not hot air

TODAY is Mother's Day in the United Kingdom. As working mums there take time out for a relaxing Sunday morning with their children, they do so knowing their Government recognises mothers' roles in the workforce and the value of paid parental leave.

In Britain, all female employees can expect 39 weeks' paid leave upon the birth of a child. No such luck here in Australia. Here, paid parental leave is guaranteed only to those in the public service, or who are employed by a private employer visionary enough to provide such a scheme.

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Govt on notice over paid parental leave election promise

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young says the pressure is on for the Federal Government to introduce a paid parental leave scheme in the upcoming Budget.

Families Minister Jenny Macklin was today presented with a GetUp! petition of more than 43,000 signatures calling on the Federal Government to provide for at least six months’ paid parental leave.

“The Rudd Government is on notice over its election promise of introducing government-funded paid parental leave,” said Senator Hanson-Young.

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Govt backflip on parental leave in six hours

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young says the Government has backflipped on their position on paid parental leave within less than a six-hour period today.

This afternoon Senator Hanson-Young moved a motion calling for a paid parental leave scheme to be introduced as part of the upcoming Federal Budget, which was supported by the Senate with Labor senators present. This morning, the Government sided with the Coalition to vote against the Greens’ amendment to the Fair Work Bill that also called for a paid parental leave scheme to be introduced in the same Budget.

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Matter of Public Interest: Paid parental leave in Australia

Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (1:10 PM) —I rise today to speak about the need for the government to support Australian mums and dads by introducing a paid parental leave scheme in this year’s budget. For more than 30 years, Australian women have been campaigning for the introduction of a universal paid parental leave scheme and yet, in 2009, the clock is still ticking on whether the Rudd government will act on this vital issue of workplace support for working families before the May budget this year.

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Paid parental leave a glaring omission from Fair Work Bill

The Greens say Labor and Liberal have shown they are out of touch with public opinion, by missing the opportunity to enshrine paid parental leave as a workplace entitlement in the Fair Work Bill.

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young moved a second reading amendment to the Fair Work Bill this morning to provide for a paid parental leave scheme within it. All seven cross-bench senators supported the amendment, with both major parties voting against.

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Greens know what mums really want for Mother's Day

Senator Sarah Hanson-Young launched the Greens' 'What mums really want
for Mother's Day' campaign in Brisbane today, alongside Greens
candidate for Mt Coot-tha and soon-to-be-mother Larissa Waters.

"What mums really want for Mother's Day is paid parental leave, and
quality, affordable and accessible childcare," said Senator

"Now more than ever is the time to be supporting working parents
straight after the birth of a child, and beyond, as they seek to
return to the workforce.

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Australian mums deserve paid parental leave this International Women’s Day

Australian women deserve a government-funded paid parental leave scheme in the upcoming Federal Budget, Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said today, on the eve of International Women’s Day.

“Australian women are disadvantaged in comparison to their international sisters in being denied a paid parental leave scheme that is enshrined in law,” said Senator Hanson-Young.

“Australia is one of just two OECD countries that do not provide for some sort of government-funded paid parental leave.

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