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Labor seeks to divide with lies on paid parental leave

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Senator Mathias Cormann Shadow Assistant Treasurer Shadow Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation Coalition Campaign Spokesman

Thursday 22 August 2013

Labor seeks to divide with lies on paid parental leave

Class warfare is back on Labor’s agenda, with Families Minister Jenny Macklin today making the extraordinary claim that the Coalition’s paid parental leave scheme has been designed to benefit Liberal-held seats.

Labor’s claim is patently ridiculous.

The highest earning women in Victoria reside in the seat of Labor’s Michael Danby.

In New South Wales, some of the highest earning women are in the seats of Labor Ministers including Anthony Albanese, Joel Fitzgibbon and Tanya Plibersek. In Queensland, women in Kevin Rudd’s seat of Griffith are some of the highest earners in the state.

All women will be better off under the Coalition’s fair dinkum paid parental leave scheme.

Under a Coalition Government, mothers will receive 26 weeks of paid parental leave, at their actual wage or the national minimum wage (whichever is greater), plus superannuation.

The average full-time wage for Australian women between the ages of 18 and 49 is $65,000 a year. Under the Coalition’s scheme, women earning the average full-time wage will be more than $21,000 better off because parental leave will be paid at their actual wage for 26 weeks, giving them the opportunity to stay home and bond with their baby.

Jenny Macklin’s claim that women living in rural and regional Australia will be disadvantaged, with almost four in five dollars to go to city women, is also a blatant attempt to mislead.

With more women living in the city than the country, it doesn’t take a mathematician to figure out that, on a pure per capita basis, more women living in the city will receive a greater benefit.

That doesn’t change the fact that a mother living in the country is eligible for exactly the same entitlement as a mother living in the city.

Labor has no record, no plan and no vision. It’s time for Mr Rudd and the Labor Party to stop the scares and the falsehoods.

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