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    It is difficult. We were just lucky I had savings doing similar - df going from austudy to new start & while he did get back paid, it was about 4 weeks of only me getting payments. I don't know how they'd have expected we pay rent etc if I didn't have savings to dip into.

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    I'm probably going to get shot down for this, but I think the current means test for PPL is fair.

    Yes, some people have higher mortgages, debt, rent etc as a "choice" but why should they have to sell up and downsize in order to have some time off to have a baby? I am all for PPL allowing people who are not in a position to not work, but who have a reasonable income while working, to be able to take time off to have a baby.

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    Thought I'd add my two-cents about PPL.
    I'm the primary income earner in my family, both me and my husband work extremely hard, but I earn more. I am a self-employed consultant and only eligible for the minimum PPL through the government, which is a large step down from my regular income - it certainly makes the question of 'how much time to take off' more about money than it is about what's best for everyone, which is really sad.

    And to play devils advocate - yes, my higher salary means we save more, and yes, that means we have savings behind us that can pay for some of this time off. But, I would have hoped that the high amounts of tax we pay for our hard work would enable to government to pay me a bit of paid parental leave at my average income and not the minimum.

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    gm01 i was in a similar position, but the day i found out i was pregnant we moved to 1 wage and banked mine. so 6 months of my wage allowed 2years off for me, once we sold cars (sob my audi) and downsized/relocated mortgage. only problem is if i want to go back to work it involes contracts 4000km away from my new home!


 

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