The Australian Greens are calling on both major parties to move swiftly to lock in the best possible result for families on paid parental leave ahead of the next Federal election, according to Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.
With the Opposition now proposing a 26-week parental scheme and the Government's plan not yet introduced, the Greens are writing to both Tony Abbott and the Prime Minister proposing tri-partisan talks ahead of this year's budget to ensure a scheme can be delivered by January 2011 at the latest.
"We don't want a situation where the Coalition and Government block each others proposal,'' said Senator Hanson-Young, Greens spokesperson on the Status of Women.
"We want to ensure there is no Senate deadlock.
"Australia's parents deserve action to see the best parental leave scheme delivered as soon as possible.''
The Greens have legislation already in the parliament, which includes superannuation payments as part of the paid scheme.