The Australian Greens have announced today that they plan to amend the Coalition’s paid parental leave scheme to reflect a fairer and more affordable model.
“We need a paid parental leave scheme that is both fair and affordable, but so far we haven’t seen that from either of the old parties,” Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.
“The Greens will move to amend Tony Abbott’s paid parental leave scheme to bring it into line with the Greens policy, ensuring all parents get the time off that they need while keeping it affordable.
“The Government's scheme is nothing more than a dressed up welfare payment that doesn't even include superannuation.
“Australian parents and working mums deserve better than that.
“The Greens care about Australian families and we have a Treasury costed paid parental leave scheme ready to go that is both cheaper and fairer, unlike the schemes being offered by Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott.
“Six months off paid at minimum wage, with superannuation contributions, would ensure parents are given the support they need while also helping to keep the costs within reason.
“Treasury costings have shown that the Greens’ plan will cost less than one fifth of the Coalition’s, at $740 million per year compared to the Opposition’s $4.3 billion scheme.”
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