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Australian Parliament Passes 18 Weeks Paid Parental Leave
Source: abc.net.au
Source Date: Thursday, June 17, 2010
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government
Country: Australia
Created: Jun 21, 2010

Australian Government has welcomed the parliament's approval of its paid parental leave scheme, but the Opposition and Greens are warning it doesn't go far enough. The Families Minister Jenny Macklin says the scheme of 18 weeks leave paid at the federal minimum wage has finally passed parliament. "This really is an historic day for Australian families." But the Greens Senator Sarah Hanson Young says it's only a first step. "At the very least superannuation should have been included in this scheme."

The Opposition spokeswoman Sharman Stone is concerned about the impact administering the new arrangements will have on small businesses. "This reinstates or if you like puts into place an additional potential discrimination against women." The scheme comes into effect at the start of next year.
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