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    Quote Originally Posted by kw123 View Post
    Yeah I was wondering about the impact on employer PPL benefits as well, for women who earn over $150k in particular.
    Yeah I was curious as to your views on this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonja View Post
    I think it should only apply where a person isn't already receiving paid maternity leave from their employer. Wen I had my last paid maternity leave I received close to 5 months full pay which I could elect to take at half pay for 10 months. That was not my full time wage equivalent. It was my pro rated pay for 4 months. That was an exceptionally large sum of money. To then turn around and pay another $75k once this had ended would be insanity.

    I think if someone is already lucky enough to be able to receive paid maternity leave the government shouldn't be topping it up with minimum or any sort of other ppl. That part of it I don't get.
    Hmm you've made me think. At first thought it sounded good, but then ... there aren't many employers that give 6 months mat leave at full pay. Mine gives 3 months, for example. So that's hardly fair and would probably encourage people to forego their employer's mat leave and take the government one instead ( if that was an option)
    Then I was thinking the goverment could 'top up' the mat leave to a total of 6 months- so if you get 3 months off your employer the government could add 3 months to a total of 6 months. But would that encourage employers to reduce their own mat leave and save themselves money that way, by getting the government essentially to pay for it all? I'm not sure. I agree though, it hardly puts everyone at an equal playing ground if someone is getting a generous mat leave from their employer plus the government one, and someone else only gets the government one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonja View Post
    Yeah I was curious as to your views on this.
    I will have to ponder!

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    Saw the AFR articles this morning!

    Shambles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Crow View Post
    Yeah i totally agree. I think it is something we should place a high value on. Yes, a woman can do pretty much any job a man can do, but last i checked, the responsibility of continuing the human race still rested squarely on the shoulders of woman-kind. And with that important task, we need to support them as fairly as possible.
    You're right that raising kids is mainly the responsibility of women. But just as women have made massive headway into fields that were once male dominated, there is no reason why men can't take more of an active role in raising young children in this day and age, if only we encourage it. It is counter productive to propose a paid parental leave scheme that doesn't give men the same entitlements as women. All it does is make it less likely that men will take the time off work to care for their young children. So women are still the ones left making the sacrifice of lost career opportunities from taking extended leave from their careers.
    Sorry, slightly OT, but I really think we need to make a concerted effort as a community to encourage men to take parental leave and take a more active role in raising their family. This is difficult because they often earn more than their female partner, so this is something that needs to be addressed. But, I don't think the answer is just making it more and more attractive for women to take extended breaks from the workforce.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Father View Post
    I think it is a good idea. But not yet. We are not in a position to afford it at the moment. Once the budget is all sorted, then it may be more appropriate.
    I thought I heard that the proposed tax on large businesses to fund this scheme would replace the carbon tax ...

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    I know all the press talk about the scheme being for women as that is the norm, but is anyone actually certain that only mothers can get it and not fathers if they are the primary carer? Isn't that gender discrimination? I find it hard to believe... Will need to look into it.

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    Yeah it's primary carers:

    If the father is the baby's primary carer, he will receive the payment at the mother's salary. The scheme also applies to same-sex couples.

    http://m.theage.com.au/federal-politics/federal-election-2013/tony-abbotts-paid-parental-leave-scheme-to-begin-july-2015-20130818-2s4jc.html

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    I don't think I'm eligible for the current ppl scheme, still no way I'm voting for Tony Abbott, it's just a very attractive red herring that will never eventuate (At least not to the level he is promising anyway)
    What are the companies that will pay the bill? our business is a company, safe to say I don't want more tax.


 

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