There is something unbecoming about parliament’s biggest loser, Sue Moroney, moaning like a hooker who hasn’t been paid after her bill was vetoed.
The Labour MP whose bill extending paid parental leave has been vetoed by the government is disputing its claims about the costs.
Finance Minister Bill English said extending the leave from 18 to 26 weeks would cost taxpayers $278 million a year.
“In the context of the Budget, the government made some decisions about extending paid parental leave and this would be significant extra cost which doesn’t fit within the Budget,” said Mr English.
But Sue Moroney said official advice from the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment puts the annual cost at $122m, and she was challenging Mr English’s use of the financial veto.
“It’s not the first time that Bill English has been caught out exaggerating the figures for extending paid parental leave to 26 weeks and either he has issued the financial vetoes with incorrect information or he’s deliberately misleading the New Zealand public on the issue.” Read more »