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Tuesday, 25 February 2014
Page: 768

Paid Parental Leave

Ms MACKLIN (Jagajaga) (14:34): My question is to the Prime Minister. I refer to the Prime Minister's refusal in question time yesterday to rule out making cuts to the age pension. Does the Prime Minister think that it is fair to cut the age pension while at the same time paying $75,000 to wealthy women to have a baby under the Prime Minister's Paid Parental Leave Scheme?

Mr ABBOTT (WarringahPrime Minister) (14:34): I want to do the right thing by the women of Australia. That is what I want to do. I want the women of Australia to have a fair go to have a career and to have a family. That is what a fair dinkum, paid parental leave scheme is about. It is giving women of Australia the fair go that they have been denied for too long. It is a historic reform and it will happen under this coalition government. That is what will happen. As everyone knows, the coalition's fair dinkum Paid Parental Leave Scheme will be fully funded and headroom will be made for it through a 1.5 per cent company tax cut.