I think in a perfect world it would be great if PPL was for a year so that women had a year off to breastfeed (if they so choose) and then return to work part or full time after a year (if they so choose) but i feel very grateful with the current amount of PPL.
I've never really viewed being a SAHM as a "job" rather a role you choose to undertake. I'm about to become a SAHM and while i will get some maternity leave from my employer (which I'm happy about after working full time for 12 years) once that has run out, it's never occurred to me that the government should pay me to be a SAHM.
I believe that being a SAHM is a valuable, amazing role and it is sad that it's undervalued at times, but i don't think it needs to have a dollar value attached to it. You have to choose to be a SAHM and most of the time, sacrifice other material possessions to be able to do it for more than a few years these days. Unless your partner is on a very high income, its hard to do it all. My mum's generation didn't expected to be paid to stay home, and neither do I.
If all mum's we're paid to be at home for a long period. we wouldn't have enough women in the workforce to be doctors, nurses, teachers, childcare workers.
Unfortunately with super, its the way the cookie crumbles, women usually have to take more time out of the workforce to have children so have less super. I'm not really sure what an easy solution to that is.