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Thursday, 17 June 2010
Page: 3624


Senator LUDWIG (Special Minister of State and Cabinet Secretary) (12:01 PM) —I think that is a correct short iteration of what the amendments seek to do. They are consequential to the removal of the role of the employers—that is, the amendments on instalments to be paid by the secretaries, which was dealt with in the substantive bill and which we considered in the context of the main bill as I think it was outlined. The government does not support removing employer involvement in the Paid Parental Leave scheme, for the reasons which were outlined by my colleagues when they dealt with the substantive bill. So, for those reasons and the reasons articulated in the main bill, we do not support the consequential amendment.