Only earning 51k I think I fall into a different category to a lot of the high earning mums in this discussion but if this scheme went ahead it would def benefit me however not this time around as I'm due In January. I work for a small company so will only receive the current ppl of 18wks at $622/wk before tax which is a huge pay cut. I will be taking 26wks all up and am just going to have to save as I am also the higher income earner (we don't earn a lot between us) and need to still pay mortgage and bills etc. I realize my lifestyle will change and I accept this, I'm just grateful to get any ppl at all. As much as the tony Abbott scheme would benefit me a lot, I won't vote for him. I mean if they tax the big companies more we will just have to pay more for things so it works about the same in the end. Just my opinion
The proposed scheme will be available to men. I dont see how that is counter productive.
But speaking from my own position, my DH is a low income earner, as was i before kids. I have been a SAHM for 6 years now - not really by choice, but because the cost of me going back to work was more than we could afford. I cannot earn enough to cover child care. To me, that is just silly! Apart from my own desire to return to work (for self esteem, etc) there is actually more incentive for me to stay at home. Me returning to the workforce would be a very tough uphill battle for our family. I feel almost forced into this role. But then again, Labor has a long history of creating welfare-dependancy.
So yeah, i would welcome more support for women to stay in the workforce, and less incentive to stay home. But again, i am just speaking from my own situation here. I wont be having any more kids anyway, so my interest in this policy is purely from a "whats best for the country?" point of view.
I don't get the big companies being taxed more? One of Abbott's plans is to lower company tax.
The plan is to tax the top 300 companies an extra 1.5% to fund the scheme, so individual tax payers & small companies don't have to fund it.
As noted previously, the scheme does not offer the same entitlements for men, therefore it limits the choices couples have when deciding who is best placed taking time out from work to care for the newborn.
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