The Government must reverse the trend of women going backwards and immediately implement the National Council of Women’s recommendations for a gender equal New Zealand, Labour’s spokesperson for Women Sue Moroney says.
“National’s disregard for the experiences of women has been outed by its actions and John Key’s extreme behaviour this week.
It is deeply ironic that the Government is happy to tell pregnant women and new mothers what to eat but won’t extend paid parental leave to support breastfeeding for six months – an important tool in reducing childhood obesity, Labour’s spokesperson for Women Sue Moroney says.
“According to the World Health Organisation, there is a ‘mounting body of evidence’ showing breastfeeding plays a role in protecting children against obesity.
The ACC Minister must ensure owners of cars “inconsistently” classified under her flawed risk-rating model are refunded for being overcharged for their motor vehicle registration ACC levy, Labour’s ACC Spokesperson Sue Moroney says.
“The Minister could not explain in Parliament today why the 2011 Kia Sportage was more dangerous than the 2012 model and yet will not refund motorists for the difference in their registration costs.
The early removal of ACC residual levies confirms that National’s manufactured crisis in ACC when they took office was just an excuse to over-charge ACC levies for the past seven years, Labour’s ACC spokesperson Sue Moroney says.
The residual levy is being removed at least two years early. This means the lifetime costs of injuries incurred prior to 1999 has been met by ACC earlier than projected.
National has resorted to its last desperate tactic to defeat Labour’s plan to help more families with new babies, Labour’s spokesperson for Women Sue Moroney says.
“The public will have the chance to voice their support for extending paid parental leave to 26 weeks after my Member’s Bill last night passed its first reading and will be considered by a select committee.
The best legacy the Prime Minister can leave New Zealand is to give parents an extra eight weeks with their new babies by backing my paid parental leave bill, Labour’s spokesperson for Women Sue Moroney says.
“The Government knows families with new babies need more support. That’s why it has announced two half measures – part of its usual tactic to appear as if it is listening to what the public want.
Thousands of parents of multiple babies and babies with disabilities will miss out on much-needed extra support after National broke another promise to extend their paid parental leave entitlements, Labour’s spokesperson for Women Sue Moroney says.
“In February my proposal to extend 26 weeks paid parental leave to these families – and those with premature babies – was voted down by ACT Leader David Seymour after National promised their bill would do the same.
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.