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Parental leave bill returns for debate

AAP logoAAP 18/10/2016 Paul Osborne, AAP Senior Political Writer

The federal government will make a fresh attempt to stop parental leave "double dipping" when Social Services Minister Christian Porter takes the bill to parliament on Thursday.

The legislation, which stops pregnant women claiming paid parental leave from the government and their employer, was shelved in April when it became clear there would not be enough support in parliament.

While former treasurer Joe Hockey described it as "double dipping", Mr Porter says it is a question of equity.

The minister told the National Press Club last month some people earning up to $150,000 a year could receive $30,000 in parenting payments from an employer as well as $12,000 from taxpayers.

An ABC survey taken during the election campaign found 58 per cent of voters believed government payments should not be made available if an employer was also making paid leave available.

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