| Latest News | Thursday October 18 2012 7:39
A key Government ally is urging the Finance Minister to rethink his position on paid parental leave.
It follows new financial advice that extending paid parental leave to 26 weeks would cost around $150 million a year, not around half a billion the Government had previously claimed.
United Future MP Peter Dunne, who supports the bill, says it's interesting the cost has now come down by almost two thirds.
"I think that will, and should cause some reconsideration of whether the veto is applied. My view has always been that to announce the veto prior to the bill actually proceeding through to parliament is, I think, premature and wrong."
But Bill English says it's still too costly.
"We have to draw the line somewhere. Of course we want to support families, but I don't think they want us to occur more and more debt to do that."