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?