National has got support from an unexpected quarter for announcing it will veto any extension to Paid Parental Leave.
Families Commissioner Carl Davidson has said the country probably can’t afford it:
Until recently the Families Commission has helped lead the campaign for increased paid parental leave. It argued strongly under its former boss Rajen Prasad – now a Labour MP – for a full year’s paid parental leave and reaffirmed its position in 2010.
But Mr Davidson, appointed that year by Social Development Minister Paula Bennett, told the Weekend Herald that the commission’s 2007 proposal should now be seen as “the gold standard”, which had to change because of the worldwide economic recession.
He said paid parental leave encouraged people to start families, which was socially and economically desirable but had certain limits.
“I mean, wouldn’t it be great if none of us had to go to work and we could just stay at home and raise our kids and get paid for it?