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.
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18-08-2013 19:35 #41Senior Member
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18-08-2013 20:44 #42
It won't make me vote for Abbott, but I think it's a much better scheme than the existing PPL.
Under the existing PPL, if I'd gone back to work after mat leave one day a week (just the minimum amount of hours to qualify for PPL) and earned $240/ week working that one day, I would then be eligible for the government PPL of $622/ week (or thereabouts). Nice little pay rise there for popping out a kid, but certainly not something that I think makes good economic sense, OR seem fair. (As it is I went back three days a week instead.)
So yes I think it's a much fairer scheme. Earn $240/ week, get $240/ week PPL for 6 months. Earn $3000 or whatever a week, get paid that for 6 months.
18-08-2013 20:47 #43Senior Member
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I think it's great but honestly how will the government afford it without taking it away from somewhere else that is probably more important. Obviously a grab for votes like everything else rather than actually tackling the overall picture of our country. But wish it started straight away LOL.
18-08-2013 20:50 #44
Lets say your yearly earnings are 90k, but you work part time, so only earn 60k, as far as I understand, under the coalition plan, you will be paid at the 90k rate? Someone correct me if I'm wrong???
Also, I am a public school teacher and have worked part time since having children, yet have been paid my maternity leave at a full time rate when having my second and third child. So when I had my second child, I earned more on mat leave than when I was working 2 days a week.
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I really hope that women are not swayed by the very short term gain of 6 months pay where they may otherwise not vote for Abbott.
I dislike this policy. It seems extravangant to be paying someone $75000 to stay at home for 6 months. I believe a lower threshold would be more appropriate.
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