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The Government has missed the opportunity today to join the Opposition in providing greater flexibility for New Zealand families with young babies, National Party Workplace Relations Spokesperson Amy Adams says.

“Today I sought leave for my private members’ bill on flexible paid parental leave to be debated in Parliament on Members’ Day this week and taken through the usual select committee process,” Ms Adams says.

“Although I provided notice to the Government yesterday, they refused to agree to this.

“The Prime Minister has said that the idea that both parents can take their paid parental leave at the same time has merit. So why didn’t they take up the opportunity?

“We could have debated this bill comfortably in the time available without impeding the relatively light business the Government currently has before the house.

“It’s quite apparent the only thing actually wrong with this bill from the Government’s perspective is that it isn’t in their name.

“What’s disappointing is that by vetoing the bill now parents will not have the flexibility to share their parental leave by the time the Government’s changes come into force on 1 July next year.

“I will continue to fight for parents to have the opportunity to choose for themselves what parental arrangements work best for them.”

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