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Wednesday, 13 May 2015
Page: 3919

Budget


Ms MACKLIN (Jagajaga) (14:34): My question is to the Prime Minister. Does the Prime Minister agree with the Minister for Social Services that mums who get more than 18 weeks paid leave at home with their new babies are 'rorters'? Or does he agree with his Treasurer, who believes they are committing fraud?


Mr ABBOTT (WarringahPrime Minister) (14:35): The premise of the question is simply false. I have seen too many members of the Labor Party verbal members of the coalition to accept that.

Honourable members interjecting

The SPEAKER: There will be silence on both sides. The member for Jagajaga on a point of order?

Ms Macklin: I seek leave to table two documents: one is Minister Morrison saying that they are rorters; the other is the Treasurer saying they are fraudsters.

Mr Pyne: No, leave is not granted.

The SPEAKER: The answer is no. Has the Prime Minister—

Mr Albanese interjecting

The SPEAKER: The member for Grayndler is warned. The Prime Minister has the call.

Mr ABBOTT: Thank you, Madam Speaker. This is a government which wants to ensure that the parents of Australia, in particular the women of Australia, have maximum choice. That is what we want to ensure. And that is why we want to support a paid parental leave scheme. We also want to ensure that there is a better childcare system, a system which is more flexible, more accessible, more affordable and, above all else, simpler. That is what we want to do. And it has to be fair, because the hallmark of this budget is fairness. It is a budget that is measured and responsible but above all else it is fair.

I am sure the member who asked the question is very committed to a good paid parental leave scheme, because, with my support, she helped to introduce a paid parental leave scheme.

But what the member who asked the question supports now is double-dipping—that is what she supports.

Ms King interjecting

Ms Collins interjecting

The SPEAKER: The member for Ballarat and the member for Franklin!

Mr ABBOTT: Public servants in this town, public servants right around the country have access to generous taxpayer supported paid parental leave through their employers, and the member who asked the question wants them to double dip on the taxpayer. I want to see a decent and fair paid parental leave system and I want to know why members opposite think that there should be double-dipping on the taxpayer. It is not right, it should not happen and it will not happen under this government.