I think it's also important to realise financial security means different things for different people.
And just because people have kids young does not mean they havent worked hars and arent in a good financial place. I am a young parent (about to have my 3rd at 27, had first just after turning 22) and whilst I am a SAHM we are doing quite well financially.
Oh and my husband didnt even finish grade 11. He did a trade instead. Just so happens its a decent paying trade, but it hasnt always been. We lived on him earning $250 a week when he started for 50 hour week.
I haven't read the whole thread so am just addressing the OP.
I despise Tony Abbott but I don't see how what he said is a problem.
He is saying if you specifically want paid parental leave, then you should go to work. I'm pretty sure no SAHM would suggest they are entitled to the PPL amount - certainly none I know!
It's not like there aren't any payments, etc for SAHM's so seems fair to me.
And your most recent post is an example of why people get defensive, Kimberley.
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