Gower: No Hollywood fairytale for paid parental leave
Thu, 12 Apr 2012 8:48a.m.
The Government has dashed any hopes of an increase in paid parental leave from the current 14 weeks to six months.
Finance Minister Bill English will call upon his rarely used legal powers of veto to stop the private member's bill by Labour's Sue Moroney, just as it looked to have enough support from the minor parties to push the bill through.
Gower says the bill was the beneficiary of an ‘Easter uprising’ reminiscent of feel-good movies such as The Mighty Ducks or Cool Runnings.
“This is unfortunately grey old Wellington, it isn’t Hollywood, and Bill English got back from his Easter break and by about ten past four yesterday he’d effectively killed off the bill,” Gower says.
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3/05/2012 11:40:07 p.m.
I like this blog
12/04/2012 1:20:16 p.m.
@John. Spend on Peter but rob Paul..? that sounds familiar.. Increase WFF - raise GST.. Increase tax cuts to the rich - sell off power companies.
12/04/2012 10:45:43 a.m.
We live in an English democracy. That's why Bill gets to decide.
12/04/2012 10:35:59 a.m.
Good old socialist stuff, spend on Peter but rob Paul. Great thinking.
12/04/2012 10:12:37 a.m.
What's good about the fact that we are moving society away from the needs of their children. Does this not matter anymore. These little babies need a high level of care and we are losing touch with the importance of this. You people make me sick. How come you people cannot see past your own spite and realize this government is about removing ALL rights.
12/04/2012 9:05:07 a.m.
12/04/2012 8:58:29 a.m.
Good riddance to s stupid bill. As usual, Labour spend other people's money on populist policies without giving a damn about balancing the books.
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