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The Australian National University

Call to protect paid parental leave

The statement attached below was transmitted on 21 May 2015 to the Prime Minister, Leader of the Opposition, Leader of the Greens and cross bench Senators.

The statement expreses dismay over the proposal to remove access to the minimum leave entitlements provided by the current Government scheme for all employees entitled to additional employer-funded paid parental leave. The current universal Government scheme underpins whatever employees are able to obtain by negotiation with employers, with the aim of extending total paid leave as close as possible to a full 26 weeks recommended by the World Health Organisation.

The statement calls on the Government to reverse its stated position and guarantee universal access to Government-funded paid parental leave.