Radio NZ News 24 July 2015
The MP who has a paid parental leave bill back on the table for a second time, believes she now has the numbers to get it passed into law.
Labour’s Sue Moroney has had her member’s bill – extending paid parental leave from 14 weeks to six months for all parents – drawn from the ballot once again.
The Government had threatened to use its financial veto, but in February the bill was narrowly defeated in the House before that happened.
Some MPs have been waiting decades for their own bill to be drawn in what could be described as a parliamentarian’s version of the lottery.
Ms Moroney said the “ballot goddess” was definitely looking down on the children of New Zealand.
“It’s great to have this pulled out again because we have the numbers back again in Parliament to see it through this time,” she said.