Sunday, 17 May 2015

Paid Parental Leave

Paid Parental leave became news last week mainly because of the incompetence of the Government.

Sue Williamson from Friday's Around the Traps gives us a good understanding of why it was brought in.

The important thing to understand is that the Government brought in the policy to AUGMENT policies out in the market place. Very few if any current policies allow for six months paid parental leave. The Commonwealth policy of 18 weeks paid at the MINIMUM wage allows most mothers to have the first six months of the baby's life with their child. This is the ILO recommendation done at the behest of the WHO.
( If you are interested here is what is offered around the world courtesy of the ILO)

Thus it is IMPOSSIBLE to double dip on such a policy because of the design of the policy. It was announced by the Minister at the time ( Jenny Macklin). Neither is it a rort or a fraud when people use it. People who think it does are either liars or ignorant.
On the politics I am with Andrew Elder.

Update:

I am reminded that Abbott's original PPL women got 6 months leave.