Senate debates

Thursday, 2 September 2021


Paid Parental Leave Amendment (COVID-19 Work Test) Bill 2021; Second Reading

11:57 am

Photo of Rachel SiewertRachel Siewert (WA, Australian Greens) Share this | Hansard source

At the request of Senator Waters, I move the following second reading amendment:

At the end of the motion, add ", but the Senate:

(a) notes that strong, equitable paid parental leave improves the lives of families; and

(b) calls on the Government to strengthen the paid parental leave scheme by:

(i) extending leave entitlements to 26 weeks, with six weeks reserved for fathers or partners to encourage more equitable sharing of care,

(ii) requiring superannuation contributions to be made on paid parental leave, and

(iii) removing income provisions that discriminate against families where the birth mother is the higher income earner".

Question negatived.

by leave—I'd like recorded that we support our amendment.


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