Joyce With Coalition On Parental Leave

16 Mar

Media Release – Senator Barnaby Joyce, 16 March 2010:

Senator Barnaby Joyce rejects claims that he has “broken ranks” with the Coalition on the Paid Parental Scheme.

Senator Joyce said, “I support the Coalition’s Paid Parental Leave scheme. Unlike Rudd’s Mickey Mouse, re-badged baby bonus, our scheme delivers direct and real financial security for families, not just more forms to fill out.

“Realistically, you cannot compare the effect of a small, modest levy on big businesses with the Government’s ‘great big new tax’ of an ETS. The Government’s ETS will cost $42 billion in the first four years alone. $42 billion to do what? It won’t give us anything like the benefits of achieving greater participation in the workforce by women. It won’t give families the income stability to raise a family.”

Larger businesses have the capacity to absorb this levy in the best interest of the nation. As many members of the Coalition have stated, after we have sorted out Labor’s debt problem, and after we’ve been able to reduce personal tax, the Coalition will seek to reduce the rate of company tax over time.

More information- Jenny Swan 0438 578402

One Response to “Joyce With Coalition On Parental Leave”

  1. Barry March 17, 2010 at 8:01 am #

    Former Liberal treasurer Peter Costello has launched a scathing attack on the Federal Opposition’s paid parental leave plan.

    Writing in Fairfax newspapers this morning, Mr Costello says Opposition Leader Tony Abbott’s plan is against the party’s principles and will lead to higher taxes.

    The scheme would give parents six months leave paid at full salary and be funded by a new levy on big business.

    Mr Costello says Mr Abbott is engaging in a policy race to the bottom with Labor.

    “[Mr Abbott] keeps being told he needs to appeal more to female voters. So he adopts the Crocodile Dundee approach,” he said.

    “In the movie a New York mugger pulls a switchblade on Mick Dundee. Our hero laughs at the blade ‘That’s not a knife, this is a knife’. The terrified mugger disappears into the night.

    “The point of Abbott’s proposal is to tell the public that Rudd does not have a maternity leave scheme. ‘This is a maternity leave scheme’, he declares.”

    “In this kind of politics if your opponent has a bad idea you try to outflank it. Your opponent has a mildly bad idea so you come up with a more extreme one and race him to the bottom.”

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