Mining industry against paid parental leave scheme

THE mouthpiece for Australia's resource industry is on the attack, claiming the country's most successful businesses should not be charged to help the government deliver its proposed parental leave scheme.

The Australian Mines and Metals Association, which has board members from coal giant Anglo American and oil powerhouse ExxonMobil, believes its industry already does its share for Australian women, by offering high wages and paid parental leave well beyond what the government intends.

AMMA chief Steve Knott said not only would these companies pay for something they won't use, but they would be punished for leading the way.

The government's scheme - delivering six months of full-time wages for new mothers who earn up to $100,00 per year - will be paid for by a levy on Australia's 3000 biggest firms.