Ok now I've thought about it, I tend to have similar concerns to delirium - that this would turn into a rebate fornthe wealthy.
However, I think there is a huge push for women in more senior roles. I'd love to be more fairly represented by women in politics and law and I can't see how that could occur with women being restricted to 9-5 hours work. I would never use this, I can't stand Tony Abbott, but I don't think it's an entirely bad idea.
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27-03-2012 21:59 #71Senior Member
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27-03-2012 22:53 #72
I just wanted to point out for those who don't know, in home care is already available, with subsidies, for those who meet special Criteria. There are limited places but where we are, for eg, it is easy to get a spit if you are either a parent to 3 or more under school age, a parent who works from home and breast feeds, an isolated parent, or a parent who cannot access usual care for various reasons. So I think a lot more people would qualify than realize. Worth checking out
We have used this service, and our caret was paid over $26 an hour, and worked 10 hour days, but with ccb and ccr we paid much much less thank that and had her 2 days a week, caring for 3 pre schoolers plus our school kid after school. SHe didn't do cleaning etc of course, it was very well regulated. It was awesome! I hate now having to use LDC for our youngest two as the next went to school.
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28-03-2012 09:55 #74Senior Member
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This was what I was trying to get at in the OP. I think working families deserve all the help they can get. But value the SAMP. I bet there would be more staying home in the early years if there were some better tax breaks and assistance getting back into work after years out. For our family me being home had been the right thing, I would have hated to be working in their first 2 years. It's not for everyone though even taking financial considerations out of the equation. I worded the OP wrong and unintentionally offended working mums. Nearly all my friends work. Being home with kids is hard and often thankless job. I feel like the odd ball, there's this pressure to get back to being financially productive though I don't want my kids in care from 7am to 6pm. But I don't judge those who do that. Living costs are so high the govt want us all to be working, now most need to. I'd like to think my daughter would get to stay home if that's what she wanted but I fear the trend away from mum at home might be going too far and by the time she's a mum it'll be weird not to have a nanny and be at work. That women can work is great, we don't want to go back in time. But being home with your little ones can be great too.
28-03-2012 10:15 #75
Everything is geared towards a 2 income household. Abbott does not support mothers, and most evidently wants to make it impossible to be a single parent, as single parents don't even have the option of being a 2 income family. It will make it difficult to leave an unhealthy relationship, which is putting women and children at risk. I don't believe for one moment Abbott will put mums and kids first.
28-03-2012 10:32 #76
Ok- call me a fence sitter but on the most part- I agree with everyone.
More people (Mums included) = better for the economy due to higher income tax revenue
But I do beleive SAHM benefit children greatly. I'm not saying that all children of working parents result in jail time but I am a believer in if we put more time into our kids than the prospect of a healthy and contributing next generation is greater.
Overall though- the government does help a lot. Australia IS a lucky country- we are secure and our homeless rate is much less than other developed countries. But, it never seems enough does it. There are still a heap of people struggling that I would love to see get additional help so they could make better use of their time and resources.
29-03-2012 12:38 #77
There are a lot of interesting comments on this on the Age today. At the end of the day, he has only said he would look into the costing of it. I wouldn't hold my breath that it would actually happen.
Also $7.5k is hardly a dent in the cost of a nanny so I don't think loads more people will suddenly hire them. We would be considered "high income" and it's way out of our price range, especially for only one child. LDC and FDC will still be used by the vast majority I'm sure.
29-03-2012 12:56 #78
I agree, though, that most people would use fdc ot ldc.
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