THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING
SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY
WEDNESDAY 19 SEPTEMBER 2018
SUBJECTS: Superannuation and paid parental leave; TPP, National Party’s treatment of Catherine Marriott.
TANYA PLIBERSEK, DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION: This morning Labor is very proud to announce the fact that we are tackling the gender gap in superannuation. We know that Australian women retire with more than $100,000 less in their superannuation balances on average than men, about 40 per cent less in their super and one of the main reasons for that is time out of the workforce caring for families. What we are proposing today is that we will pay superannuation on paid parental leave, on paternity leave when dad and partner pay so that we reduce the gender pay gap in superannuation and so that we don't penalise people who are taking time out of the workforce to care for their young families. The second very important measure that we are talking about today is getting rid of the $450 cap on wages where you don't have to pay a superannuation if someone's earning less than $450 a month. We know that more and more people are making up one income by working several jobs, part-time, casual jobs so the fact that you don't get paid superannuation if you're earning less than $450 a month in a job means people who are making up their one income through all these small jobs are very seriously disadvantaged. Over time we'll remove that $450 limit on superannuation. Any questions?
JOURNALIST: Is there still animosity in the Labor caucus about the TPP decision, the decision to back it?
PLIBERSEK: Well it's no secret that there are right across the Labor party we have serious concerns about the deal that the Government is proposing to sign on to -
JOURNALIST: So why do you support it?
PLIBERSEK: - everybody in the Labor Party agrees that Investor-State Dispute Settlement mechanisms should not be included in trade agreements. Companies shouldn't be allowed to sue governments for policies that governments make to protect the health of their people and so on. We are also very worried about the labour market testing provisions in this agreement allowing different types of workers to come into Australia from a variety of countries without first testing that there is an Australian who - without saying there is no Australian who is able to do this job. However, on balance the access to markets that this agreement gives to Australian businesses, agriculture businesses, steel and other businesses we believe is worth supporting. So what we're proposing to do is win government at the next election and ameliorate the poor aspects of this agreement as Jacinda Arden has done in New Zealand.
JOURNALIST: With regards to the super and the paid parental leave that you've announced today, why the timing now? It does seem convenient that -
PLIBERSEK: Well we've got lots of great policies and not enough time to announce all of them. Look, we are proud of this policy we've been working on it for months - many, many, many months - and it's fully costed, it's been ready to go. We need to get our policies familiar to the Australian people so they can make a genuine choice at the next election.
JOURNALIST: How would you describe the National Party's treatment of Catherine Marriott who said she was frightened when her name was leaked?
PLIBERSEK: I think Catherine Marriott's interview on 7:30 last night was a gutsy performance, I am full of admiration for her standing up for what she believes in, calling out abuse of power. I think she's a brave woman and the fact that her name was leaked against her wishes is appalling treatment. I was absolutely full of admiration for the way she spoke up for herself and the hope she gave to other women yesterday.