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Thursday, 17 June 2010
Page: 3617


Senator CHRIS EVANS (Minister for Immigration and Citizenship) (11:26 AM) —The bill provides the obligation to provide 18 weeks paid parental leave. That obligation exists outside of any other obligations entered into by employers and employees. The other arrangements entered into can be additional to those, but this is a provision that must be delivered. The negotiation process beyond that is available to people as they make their arrangements under industrial instruments or contract law. That is the clearest way I can explain it.