Tertiary Update Vol 17 No 20
Late last night National MPs stalled the final reading of Sue Moroney’s paid parental leave bill which extends leave to six months.
It is thought the move was deployed to prevent the government from having to use the unpopular financial veto before the general election election on 20 September , a power it has to kill bills with implications for the country’s finances –.
By deliberately wasting time, the National MPs have forced the bill to continue in its committee stage into July. With a bill unable to advance two stages in one day, the bill can now not be voted into law until after the election.
TEU women’s officer Suzanne McNabb said she was disappointed to hear the National party had stalled the bill.
“Despite having a majority in parliament for the initiative, Sue Moroney and the thousands of working New Zealanders who support the extension have been frustrated by the government’s politicking.”
“The women and men of this country deserve more than politicking on paid parental leave.”
The filibuster follows the announcement of National’s own paid parental leave package. Rebecca Matthews from the campaign 26 for Babies said those measures were inadequate:
“The changes in Budget 2014 provided for an increase to paid parental leave over the next two years, but Sue Moroney’s bill is a long term plan for the future. The public are right behind the proposal to ensure parents have at least six months at home with a new baby, and National must not block the bill’s progress.”
If National and any coalition partners are returned to government, the financial veto is thought to come back into play.
Also in Tertiary Update this week:
Lincoln comes out in defence of ‘essential’ land-based institution approach– Lincoln University
Unitec’s campus plans ruffling local feathers – New Zealand Herald
Waikato Annual Report has bad news on student numbers – Waikato University
Free training for hundreds of south Auckland students – Radio New Zealand
$100b MIT campus opens in Manukau – Radio New Zealand
EIT hosts Maori politicians debate (watch) – The Gisborne Herald
Living Wage at Victoria University page launched – Facebook