Menu
Lifestyle

Opinion: No need for parents to have two bites of the cherry

THE mummy movement has been at it again this week, this time not-so-subtly protesting the changes to the paid parental leave scheme that was announced in the budget.

To break it down quite simply it comes to this - where once you could take maternity leave from your employer and the government, you now can only have one.

The changes affect 20% of people currently accessing government paid parental leave.

Let's be clear about this - that 20% are people who have been collecting maternity leave from their employer and the government, as they were entitled to do.

But that 20% of people aren't low income earners. They aren't part-time or casual workers. They aren't workers who rely on the government scheme.

Those affected have been getting paid leave twice.

I don't agree with the term double-dipping or rorting that some people have thrown about.

It has just been the way the system was set up.

I took paid leave from my employer and from the government when I had my first.

When I had my second, I didn't meet the work requirements for paid parental leave so I took the baby bonus.

I have been the recipient of paid leave and I know first hand how much it helps.

But I do agree with what the government has proposed to do and I am struggling to see why people have a problem with mums having access to only one lot of leave.

In my opinion it was good while it lasted, but now they are streamlining the scheme, and making some budget gains in the process.

The changes don't start until July 1 next year, so it won't affect anyone currently pregnant.

That means that couples now have a choice as to whether or not they start their family if their maternity leave entitlements are to be reduced.

But quite frankly, if you can't afford to have a child without two lots of paid parental leave, then I would be re-thinking the whole thing anyway.

Kids aren't cheap and they don't get any less expensive as they get older.

Couples need to take some personal responsibility here and stop whining about what they will be missing out on.

If you want to stay home for a year or more, earn the money to support yourself first, or make sure you can support that decision. Don't rely on exorbitant amounts of paid leave to do it.

Having a baby and raising a family is a decision that is made by the people involved.

The government doesn't tell you to have kids. The government doesn't make you have kids. The idea that the government must pay for people to have kids is quite ridiculous.

Don't get me wrong. Having a family is expensive. It does put a big strain on finances and cost of daycare and schools are rising all the time.

I think we should help ease the burden on families, and in turn keep families spending money and helping the economy.

I just don't think that government assistance should be a part of your budget and relied upon as income. It should just be a helping hand.

The other thing that really gets to me about all the complaining, is that from what I can see, a big proportion of the 20% affected are public servants, as in their wage is paid for by the tax-payer.

So they are taking tax-payer paid leave from their employer and then also taking paid leave from the tax payer with the paid parental leave scheme.

I can see why the government has thought that theirs was a simple solution, and I can't see why people have a problem with it.

Topics:  federal budget opinion parents



BOM forecaster says early cyclone weather model unreliable

A Weather Zone model which shows cells that appear to look like a cyclone forming off the east coast was posted on Bundaberg Weather's Facebook page.

"We're keeping an eye on it at this stage."

premium_icon Mander under fire over gun laws comment

Queensland LNP Deputy Leader Tim Mander said he was open to weaker gun laws if there was no increased risk to public safety. Picture: Evan Morgan

Mr Mander dismissed Mr Ryan’s concerns as “absolute rubbish"

Man kills wild bird in park with bow and arrow

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Tina Bland told the court in April last year Rush had been drinking and partying with mates when he produced the compound bow and arrow.

Drunk downs wild turkey in one shot

Local Partners

Granite Belt winery is a global favourite

Blood might be thicker than water but for one family-owned business, it's the nectar of the grapes - flowing with the flavours of fine Fiano.

‘He’s never said he’s sorry’

Lauren Hickson (above) who would have been 33 this year, was abducted and murdered by neighbour Neville Towner in 1989.

Murder victim's mother concerned perpetrator could strike again if released from...

Dash cam footage shows dangerous undertaking

Phillip Macleod shared a video to Dash Cam Owners Australia Facebook page,

Dash cam footage has captured a dangerous manoeuvre

Forgotten your key? Just use your fingerprint to start SUV

A retractable roof top box provides cargo space when all six seats are in use. Picture: Supplied

Nissan Xmotion concept wows Detroit motor show

Hyundai’s fastest ever car...but will it come Down Under?

The 2018 Hyundai Veloster N — a rival for the Volkswagen Golf GTI. Picture: Supplied.

Hyundai hatch revealed for latest generation.

Coke cuts bottle size and ups price after sugar tax

Coca-Cola has blamed UK sugar tax for a price hike.

Coke contains more than 10g of sugar per 100ml

premium_icon Wedding on after 25 years

White Rock‘s Robyn Bryant and Chrystine McGowan will wed at Oak Tree Retirement Village on March 18. Picture: BRENDAN RADKE

Bride to be says “The stigma of same-sex couples has now been removed"