Bill vetoed, out comes the nasty

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.”  

Last year, Ms Moroney’s first bill to extend paid parental leave from 18 to 26 weeks failed at the last minute when ACT’s David Seymour voted with the government at the final reading – the votes were tied at 60 to 60 so the bill did not pass.

She was lucky enough to have the bill drawn from the ballot a second time this year, but despite having the numbers to get it into law, the Finance Minister foiled her plan.

Perhaps if she had put up credible numbers in the first place this wouldn’t have happened. All Moroney did, however, was state that it was good for the kiddies. The last time politicians said that it was over the anti-smacking bill, which was supposed to prevent kids being beaten and killed but banning smacking. That hasn’t gone so well.

There was always going to be a veto and well there should be because you can’t have an opposition hugely impacting government finances with over-the-top expenditure.

Moroney is just bitter she has lost another battle. Word is that the National MPs in the Waikato are all waiting for her to declare which seat she is standing in so they can lobby the PM to stand against her in order to increase their majorities.


– Radio NZ

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