John Key’s threat that he might use a financial veto against the Bill that will introduce 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave is premature and based on inflated costings, says the bill’s sponsor, Labour ‘s Sue Moroney.
“The Government keeps saying my bill will cost $140 million a year, but agreed costings among all the parties on the select committee last year showed that each tranche of four weeks costs around $46 million more to implement.
Families with multiple babies, and those born prematurely or with disabilities, are the winners from moves to extend paid parental leave to 26 weeks but the Government must give all babies the same head start in life, Labour’s spokesperson for Women Sue Moroney says.
National is reportedly preparing to include extended support for these families in its Employment Standards Legislation Bill currently before Parliament.
The Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety Michael Woodhouse was wrong yesterday when he said limestone quarries were covered by the farcical Health and Safety legislation, says Labour’s Associate Labour spokesperson Sue Moroney.
“He said he ‘understood’ limestone quarries were included under the legislation. If he meant it was included under the general mining provisions for high risk industries - he was wrong. And if he meant it was covered by last year’s Health and Safety (Pike River) legislation - he was also wrong. The Pike River provisions for quarrying were taken out of the bill at the select committee stage.
New figures obtained by Labour show the ACC Minister’s botched motor vehicle levy system has resulted in 90,000 vehicles having to be reclassified so far – at a cost of $6 million, Labour’s ACC spokesperson Sue Moroney says.
“Nikki Kaye’s unfair, flawed system will mean a fall in ACC revenue of at least $6 million because these 90,000 vehicles were given the wrong safety rating – they were initially classed under the highest rate but have been dropped to the two lowest rates.
New figures showing just five Ministers have met the Government’s own reduced targets for appointing women to state sector boards is evidence National is failing Kiwi women, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says.
“The Ministry for Women’s 2015 Gender Stocktake makes for grim reading. Ministers Murray McCully, Simon Bridges and Gerry Brownlee have appointed on average less than three in 10 women to their boards last year.
Six months’ paid parental leave is back on the agenda and a step closer to reality for Kiwi parents after Labour’s new Member’s Bill was pulled from today’s ballot, the Bill’s sponsor and Labour MP Sue Moroney says.
“My Bill will make life easier for the 26,000 new parents who are eligible for paid parental leave each year.
New figures obtained* by Labour show the Government’s shambolic ACC car registration levy system has cost more than $3 million to implement and the costs are set to escalate, Labour's ACC spokesperson Sue Moroney says.
“That’s $3 million that could have been passed on in levy reductions if ACC Minister Nikki Kaye had not brought in this flawed, confused and unfair new system.