Paul Karp reports in The Guardian (23.2.17) on claims by Senator Pauline Hanson that proposed paid parental leave measures risk abuse by parents who will have children purely to get the payments.
'Pauline Hanson has reportedly claimed that women will get pregnant to access paid parental leave in comments indicating that major changes will be needed to the government’s omnibus welfare bill for it to win One Nation support.
'The government faces an increasingly difficult task appeasing Nick Xenophon, who said last week that welfare cuts come at too high a cost, and Hanson, who this week opposed pension cuts but warned that paid parental leave cuts were not deep enough.
'On Thursday the Australian reported that Hanson had said there were “some parts” of the omnibus bill she could not support and singled out paid parental leave for criticism.
'… Hanson’s chief of staff, James Ashby, told Guardian Australia that One Nation had not finalised its position in the party room.
'“Until that point, [Hanson] is happy to continue talks with the government to make common-sense changes to a number of omnibus measures,” he said.'