Hinch changes course on parental leave

Derryn Hinch has changed his mind on supporting the government's legislation stopping mums from "double dipping" on paid parental leave.

Independent senator Derryn Hinch is reconsidering his support for the government's paid parental leave cuts after meeting mothers at a protest.

Senator Hinch had previously stated he'd back the crackdown on "double-dipping" mothers, preventing them from accessing both employer and taxpayer-funded leave schemes, if the start date was delayed.

But he's changed his mind after listening to the concerns of mums who picketed his Melbourne electoral office.

"My staff and I will be working over the weekend on this very important subject and I think the legislation can be improved," he said in a statement.

Source: AAP