Sue Moroney’s 6 months of Paid Parental Bill looks like being a second Labour private member’s bill that will proceed against National’s wishes – Mondayisation of Waitangi / ANZAC being the first.
United Future campaigned on increased Paid Parental, and the Maori Party are apparently favourable (although yet to take a formal position). New Zealand First have yet to take a position, but who wouldn’t want to support New Zealand families, especially when it’s to be phased in over 3 years to spread the financial cost until we’re apparently meant to return to surplus..?
National and Act apparently.
As they bleat about the cost it shows that their talk of supporting New Zealand families is just lip-service.
6 months would greatly help us follow World Health Organisation recommendations that exclusive breastfeeding is carried through until six months of age. It would improve bonding and help with those early parenting days to set children on the right track. It would even create jobs as employers take on staff to cover.
The social and economic benefits down the track make this a no-brainer. Ideally we should have a full year, but 6 months would be a great start.
Lianne Dalziel’s Illegal Contracts Amendment Bill looks worthy as well.