Labour hopeful over parental leave bill
Labour believes the Government may be preparing to back down over paid parental leave after it asked to delay a bill extending the scheme to six months.
Labour MP Sue Moroney said she had agreed to delay reporting back her member's bill so National had time to consider its position on the bill.
The move followed talks between Labour finance spokesman David Parker and Finance Minister Bill English, the Labour MP said.
A spokeswoman for English said the Government had asked for an extension to consider changes before the bill was reported back to the House.
"The government administration committee has been working on substantial changes to Labour's paid parental leave bill with the aim of extending PPL in a way that does not prompt the Government to use its power of financial veto," she said.
"The Government hasn't yet had the opportunity to consider those changes so it asked for an extension before the bill is reported back to the House. That's been agreed."
The Government's position had not altered at this stage, however.
" As it said when the original bill was introduced, the government would like to consider extending PPL, when it's affordable."