I'm a sole trader. I can only get the government pay out... I think it's fair if we are all on that level.
But I do respect your ideas as well.
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12-05-2015 07:16 #265
It's not, because it doesn't factor in assets, disposable income, people living within their means etc.
But it's good to see just for a raw comparison
12-05-2015 07:58 #266
I'm interested in how people are working out how much benefit (or not) they get from the taxes they pay. It's pretty hard to work out your financial benefit of the roads you drive on, the national parks you use, the protection of the environment (eg Great Barrier Reef, wet tropics), law enforcement, availability of healthcare, etc etc. taxes go to a lot more than a financial handout into someone's bank account.
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If they were genuine about fairness (and not cost cutting) they'd be increasing weeks of the PPL for those without any employer leave and leaving the existing one in place for those who have employer leave.
It really hasn't been thought through. I know I had PND/Anxiety for months after DS1. Was no way fit to return to work 4 months post baby. By 8 months the fog cleared & I returned at 11 months. I was able to do this because I had employer Mat leave, LSL & annual leave, as well as the 18 weeks PPL. I was also able to keep breastfeeding for 10 months - something I doubt I'd have done if I had to return to work earlier.
My employer leave is good because I am on agreement/fixed salary that offers no overtime, no penalty rates if I have to work out of hours (which often happens) and very little pay rises. It's terms and conditions of my employment. I've also been a taxpayer for the past 18 years, so don't feel any guilt about accepting help for a mere 18 weeks.
Thank God bub 2 is due before this proposed change is due to come in. The whole thing has made me very, very angry - the acute backflip on behalf of Tony and Mother's Day timing of the announcement reduced me to tears.
12-05-2015 09:56 #270
I can see why people don't want others to get two lots of PPL but a lot of people stay with their current employer purely for those conditions, where they could earn more money in another sector. For me, i'll be a loss i'll have to suck up, especially as i'm likely to have another costly high risk pregnancy. Last time i had to give up work at 16 weeks to go on bed rest, so the PPL on top of my work mat leave was a big help. I think taking it away is really going to disadvantage a lot of women and they'll have to return to work earlier.
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