Let’s look at the Coalition’s Paid Parental Leave Policy

Ok, so there’s been a lot of discussion about the Coalition’s Paid Parental Leave policy as it forms a key part of the Coalition’s federal policies. However, let’s not forget that it was rolled out for the first time in Australia under the Labor government.

Personally, I support the Coalition’s policy over the Labor Government’s and here are a few reasons why…

It’s the norm overseas in developed countries to match the parent’s salary:

The Conversation fact checks the Lib’s claim that Australia is one of only two OECD countries (not including the US) that fails to pay parental leave based on a replacement wage.

The cost is paid by businesses that can afford it (and it includes superannuation):

Peter Martin explains the rationale behind making parental leave an employer-paid benefit for workers. It really isn’t that much crazier than superannuation and sick leave, both of which I believe are important for the social wellbeing of Australia.

And lastly, this: 


Where the Paid Parental Leave policy can be improved (this is not exhaustive):

  • Replace the language of ‘mothers and fathers’ with ‘primary and secondary carers’ (you heteronormative berks);
  • Increase the amount of leave the secondary carer (usually the father) can take concurrently (co-parenting anyone??); and
  • Remove the ‘incentive’ to keep mums at home that reduces the payments if ‘dad’ is nominated as the primary carer (that is not the right way to make up for the gender pay gap).

What do you all think?

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IsBambi is an administrator for feminaust. She is also a young woman excited about all things to do with feminism, skiing, British TV, dogs called Trevor and cycling. In addition to trying to do too much at once, she enjoys empowering young people and dragging men into the feminist debate.

6 thoughts on “Let’s look at the Coalition’s Paid Parental Leave Policy

    • Dear Scarlett,

      you have a third option (the only option of real significance besides the old Coles/Woolworths parties) vote Green. The Greens agree that paid parental leave is a workplace right like holiday and sick pay. but the Greens also know that many small businesses cannot afford to pay a carer’s wage for 6 months.

      So the Greens’ scheme is a fully costed (tax only on large business) proposal
      for six months of paid leave at 100% replacement wage up to $100,000 per annum and superannuation contributions to ensure women are not disadvantaged later in life.
      because the Greens’ scheme is full costed, money will not be taken away from childcare which also needs much more government support to allow parents to return to work.

      Where I think the Greens could be less heteronormative (well spotted Feminaust!) is not to offer less money to dads and assume they are the secondary carer (what about mums and mums, dads and dads, dads as primary carers). instead, I would offer an equal amount of non-transferable paid parental leave to each partner (unless we are looking at a single supporting parent, who would get it all) to encourage every parent to enjoy this important time with their baby.

      check out the scheme here: http://greens.org.au/better-paid-parental-leave

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