I think the next election is shaping up to be all about the family unit.....
I'd say Julie Bishops words are off the back of Julia Gillard coming out and saying the Labour Party believe in more flexible work arrangements for mothers returning to work.
I think given today's standards where many private employers don't offer flexible working arrangements for mothers returning to work (or any of their employers for that reason), Julie Bishop is right, however if more employers were more flexible with their work arrangements, there's no reason why women can't 'have it all'.
I know not all women want both a family and a career, some are happy with just one or the other, but for those who want both, she should be able to.
Having said that, I'm not so sure it's the governments responsibility to force flexible work arrangements upon employers. Surely it could mean the end of some small businesses.
In addition, do the flexible work arrangements only apply to mothers? What about fathers? What about those without kids, who want more time to do the things they love, study or do volunteer work etc etc?