Australian Greens Leader Richard Di Natale has urged the crossbench to put working mums first in their negotiations with the Government on paid parental leave.
“Let’s be clear. Delaying the start date to save women who are currently pregnant does not make up for the fact that these changes, whenever passed, will hurt parents.
“Delaying the effect of the Bill by a year isn’t the same as standing up for women’s rights in the workplace and members of the crossbench cannot walk both sides of this issue.
“The crossbenchers should not join with the Government in making budget savings at the expense of new mums and dads.”
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Senator Di Natale will be commenting on this issue during a press conference at 12.30pm AEST, Treasury Gardens, Melbourne. Media Alert to follow.