Family-friendly facade

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 pm, August 29th, 2007 - 3 comments
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Yet another policy inoculation today from the Nats, this time on paid parental leave. Judith Collins is now “generally not against it” and in typically decisive fasion John Key “thinks” he’s for it. What’s really astounding about this u-turn is how many of their MPs are on record as having vehemently opposed it since day one.

Anne Tolley is on record as having told the Herald: [paid parental leave is] “driven by ’70s feminist union ideology rather than by the real needs of women in the 21st century”.

Kate Wilkinson told the Dom Post in May “when it came to home life, the state should butt out”.

Judith Collins once told the Sunday Star Times: “I would have much rather had a tax cut than paid parental leave”, but today told the New Zealand Herald “I could seriously have done with paid parental leave when I had a little child”.

The only Nat still opposing it seems to be David Farrar. Working in their party headquarters you would have thought he’d have got the memo.

3 comments on “Family-friendly facade”

  1. Tane 1

    I thought David Farrar was an independent “political commentator”. Why would the Herald on Sunday, Newstalk ZB and Breakfast lie to me?

  2. While I respect that I wrote my post some time after your original one, it’s simply not correct that people on the right are overwhelmingly supportive of extending paid parental leave to 13 months. In fact, I would challenge you to find a single right wing blogger who supports this stupid idea.

    I do like your captcha thingee. Much easier to fill in than random letters.

  3. all_your_base 3

    Yeah the cool think about recaptcha is that it helps in the worldwide effort to digistise books too. One captcha proves you’re human, the other captcha helps a computer “read” a book. When robots take over perhaps they’ll remember the favour…

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