Labour's paid parental bill back on agenda

  • 23/07/2015

Labour's Sue Moroney says she's got the support she needs to get her 26 weeks paid parental leave bill though parliament.

The bill was drawn from the members' ballot today.

Ms Moroney resubmitted it in May after the government managed to defeat it on a tied vote.

The numbers have changed since then because National lost the Northland seat to Winston Peters.

"Labour has the support to get this through parliament," Ms Moroney said.

"It will make life easier for the 26,000 new parents who are eligible for paid parental leave each year."

The bill will go on parliament's agenda for a first reading and Ms Moroney should get it through on a 61-60 vote.

However, the government can and probably will use its financial veto to kill the bill before it becomes law.

The financial veto can be used to defeat a member's bill that would cost money that hasn't been budgeted.

Finance Minister Bill English had intended doing that to Ms Moroney's first bill if she had been able to get it through.

It passed most of its stages in the last parliament but the government managed to hold it up until last year's election.

After the election, and before the Northland by-election, it just managed to defeat the bill.

The government increased paid parental leave from 14 to 16 weeks on April 1.

It's due to increase to 18 weeks on April 1 next year.