Amnesty International. http://www.amnesty.org.au/news/comments/23235/
Extract : "Amnesty International Australia but has called for the scheme to be taken further – to extend the period of paid leave beyond 18 weeks, and to ensure no woman has a reduced income during this time.
Amnesty International believes paid parental leave is vital to achieving equality and eliminating discrimination in economic, employment and social spheres. It is not a luxury that should be subject to questions of productivity, but is a basic, universal human right."
I would also like to add that Australia currently does not meet the standards in the ILO "Maternity Protection Convention, 2000 (No. 183)".
This convention is the most up-to-date international labour standard on maternity protection.
Convention No. 183 provides for 14 weeks of maternity benefit to women to whom the instrument applies. Women who are absent from work on maternity leave shall be entitled to a cash benefit which ensures that they can maintain themselves and their child in proper conditions of health and with a suitable standard of living and which shall be no less than two-thirds of her previous earnings or a comparable amount.
But what do Amnesty International and the United Nation know about people rights....?