Those recommendations make much more sense. Why have such intelligence make 'recommendations' and leave the actual decisions to the politicians? It will really frustrate me if the PPL doesn't make it through the senate because Tony is too stubborn to take on the recommendations.
Surely any increase in PPL & childcare subsidy would benefit everyone. And the let employers top up the PPL for employees if they wish.
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02-05-2014 20:49 #241
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03-05-2014 08:06 #242Member
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A lot of focus has been on the higher end of the ppl scheme. What about all the women who work only part time that are eligible for the ppl, and due to the fact of working less hours means they actually earn less than the weekly minimum wage. In receiving ppl under either the existing scheme or the proposed one, the would actually receive more each week in ppl than what they do while working. I don't know the numbers, but I would hazard a guess that the financial costing of the area, would be at least equivalent or possibly substantially more than the cost of providing the higher income bracket women with ppl considering they make up a much lower percentage of the population.
Economically, a universal ppl makes sense. Yes, it is an expensive exercise. So are roads, schools, medical facilities, etc. In all of these, the outlay by the government, far outweighs the returns in taxes. But they all provide a greater social benefit and also provide opportunities for greater participation in the workforce, which in the end means more tax revenue, to provide more services for the population.
The ppl may directly increase participation in the workforce, especially between having children. It may also decrease medical costs associated with ivf and other medical issues associated with having children slightly older by making it more affordable to have a child when you want to. And people will spend more because they can afford to, meaning more tax revenue.
I wholeheartedly agree that much more needs to be done to make childcare more affordable and accessible both to enable the benefits of a universal ppl to be achieved and for greater workforce participation.
Ultimately, do something that the government doesn't and take a good hard look at what you think life will be like for you children 20-30 years down the road. What do you want for them to make their lives better and more liveable.
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06-05-2014 09:23 #245
Couple more interesting articles:http://www.theage.com.au/comment/abb...505-zr4r4.html and http://www.theaustralian.com.au/exec...-1226905074915 (not directly PPL related but interesting all the same!). The Age one confuses me somewhat as I thought the new scheme was either replacement wage or minimum wage, whichever is higher. So nobody will be worse off.
06-05-2014 10:24 #246
I have to agree with many points of the first article. I mean for one, if it's going to be a 'working' entitlement not a 'welfare' payment (as TA says) why does centrelink have to be the agency handling the payments. I HATE dealing with centrelink and have chosen not to for 10 years because of the stress you end up dealing with.
I don't agree with the statement "paid parental leave beyond 20 weeks "appears to have a negative effect on female participation". It annoys me. I think childcare has a much bigger influence on female participation in the workplace than an extra 6 weeks at home with your baby.
The second article is a sad truth. I will be going back to work full time straight after my PPL finishes & despite the fact I will be back full time, they will have to replace me temporarily and I know that will come at a cost to me. Having 4-6 months away from work can obviously be a burden to your employer and after that time, the staff, even your boss could have completely changed. I feel even though hubby will be at home full time & me at work full time therefore not needing as much flexibility as those with working partners, by boss will know that my priorities would have changed, so work will be down the list a bit. It's going to take a long time to crawl my way back to where I was, if I get there at all.
06-05-2014 10:32 #247
Can I ask a personal question.
For those that are apposed the current scheme, do you receive other welfare benefits / financial assistance?
06-05-2014 12:13 #248
The Australian article is so depressing yet so true.
I have been contacted by a head hunter for a senior role in a big company. One of his questions during the interview was all about my DS, his care arrangements, who would look after him if he gets sick, what about late night at work etc.
Talking with my male peers at work with small children, not one ever had to answer this type of questions
06-05-2014 12:45 #249
06-05-2014 20:16 #250Member
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I support the scheme and the way it's looking now, will not even receive any ftb. I get some ccb and ccr. I have previously received single parent payment, new start, austudy at different times.
Until recently, I have been working part time and dp and would have received minimal ftb. I also would have been one of the women who would received more from ppl than from working. Plans have changed and baby plans have been put on hold and whatever happens with ppl I will still be better off getting ppl in its current form than before anything was legislated for.
I believe ppl is and should be a working entitlement and not welfare. Can you imagine how far back it would put women in the workplace if legislation were to make employers pay for their own female employees ppl? That is why it is government funded, albeit as someone said we all pay for it in the long run.
Generally we will have worked for 10 years give or take when we have children. Even if we were to take 10 years off to raise them, we would still work for about another 20 years after that. For a lot of us, we won't take anywhere near 10 years off work though. If we were to only take 6 months ppl, and then return to work, in whatever capacity, why shouldn't ppl be properly termed as a working entitlement? Or even 6 months ppl and 6 months unpaid.
The reality is, the way we have to live has changed, the cost of living has increased, society has changed and we need to catch up.
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