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    So apparently the new budget around Paid Parental Leave has been released in that you either claim Maternity Leave through your employer or the government, not both.

    Some people are trying to tell me its fair cause essentially mothers are "double dipping" and ripping off the system by using up both.
    I completely disagree.

    What are your thoughts?

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    I think companies will just dump maternity leave pay altogether and everyone will have to use the government one.

    They should be encouraging companies to fund more maternity pay, not less.

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    Isn't new budget on May 12?

    I can see them in forcing it for public servant but how could they make sure that private companies aren't giving baby bonuses to their employees? it will never happen.

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    @MummaCat could please share the article about this?
    I'm fairly up to date with budget announcement and childcare/PPL policies and haven't read anything about this change.

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    Joe Hockey talked about it on one of the news programs this morning

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    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/nati...-1227349098861

    Joe Hockey will claw back $1 billion by ending the practice of “double-dipping’’ paid parental leave where some new parents, including federal public servants, access both employer and taxpayer-funded schemes.

    “It is about getting the balance right and I don’t think anyone would suggest (ending the scheme) is unfair at all,’’ the Treasurer said today.


    Mr Hockey said the saving to the federal budget was about $1bn over four years and represented a “huge amount of money’’.


    “I think most Australians would accept it is a fair response to the current times, to prevent individuals, parents from being able to claim parental leave payments from both their employer and from other taxpayers.’’
    “So it is a fair response and it is an integrity measure,’’ Mr Hockey said.
    I cannot see that this will save the government anywhere near $1b as companies will simply cut their paid maternity leave schemes.

    Just stupid

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    I cannot see that this will save the government anywhere near $1b as companies will simply cut their paid maternity leave schemes.

    Just stupid
    I don't think all companies would - I know for a fact that mine wouldn't. It's a benefit that attracts talents. I also just can't see it being enforced easily.

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    It is ridiculous. I dont see it as double dipping i see it as being able to spend time with my new baby while i can afford to do so. I dont see that as me being selfish.

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    And as i said to my mum who thinks it is. After a decade of loyalty to my employer why should i miss out on maternity leave via them? And i pay tax so why should i miss out on PPL through the government? Why is supporting working new mums a bad thing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MummaCat View Post
    And as i said to my mum who thinks it is. After a decade of loyalty to my employer why should i miss out on maternity leave via them? And i pay tax so why should i miss out on PPL through the government? Why is supporting working new mums a bad thing?
    I wouldn't fret yet. It won't happen.
    A gvt who was talking about increasing PPL to a 6 month full salary pay out is now talking about decreasing benefits to working parents?
    Gotta love the consistency!!!

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