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3:54 pm, June 16th, 2016 - 102 comments
Categories: accountability, babies, child welfare, democracy under attack, families, health, national - Tags: bastards, democracy under attack, paid parental leave, veto
Parental leave extension vetoed
The Government has vetoed a Labour Party bill which would have extended paid parental leave from 18 weeks to 26 weeks.
Finance Minister Bill English confirmed this afternoon that he had exercised the financial veto – the first time he has used it to sink an entire piece of legislation.
Labour MP Sue Moroney’s bill had broad support in Parliament and was expected to pass into law this month.
But Mr English said it was unaffordable.
“Treasury estimates the cost of this legislation amounts to $278 million over the next four years, a significant extra – unbudgeted – cost,” he said. …
But they have have no trouble finding $20 Billion for defence spending (aka spying on us), or dangling a $3 Billion tax cut bribe.
So – like Canterbury, like Auckland, the democratic process can get stuffed as far as National are concerned. Bastards.
Background on veto process here.
Priorities, really. Flags and tax cuts, but no room for children.
— Deborah Russell MP 🐝 (@BeeFaerie) June 16, 2016
$20Bn for motorways, $20Bn for Defence etc. yeah, I get his point
— Kevin Hague (@KevinHague) June 16, 2016
— Sue Moroney (@suemoroney) June 16, 2016
Yesterday National said children should be at the centre of policy – today they veto extending paid parental leave
— Peter Dunne (@honpeterdunne) June 16, 2016
This from Bill English who took $32K from the taxpayer to subsidise his family home https://t.co/U3o2BfE9bC
— Chris Keall (@ChrisKeall) June 16, 2016
— 1 NEWS (@1NewsNZ) June 16, 2016
— Andrew Little (@AndrewLittleMP) June 16, 2016