With the controversy and criticism of various forms of paid parental leave, whether the ‘rolls royce’ government scheme, now cut back to $100,000, or the former governments ‘welfare handout’, it seems that most people agree that there should be paid parental leave.
Are we serious about it?
Then legislate to force companies to provide it. Funding from the current system could be used to provide a backup while companies restructure their wage system to take it into account.
And who knows, eventually it could be expanded to provide not just maternity leave but also paternity leave.
Women who work give to society and the country beyond raising a family and deserve support. Contrary to current popular government rhetoric, it should be an entitlement.
To quote Sam Kecovich, you know it makes sense.