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



Zack lived like every moment mattered

Zack McIver with his beloved Maloo ute.

Simplest of things the best for Zack

LETTER: 20% can be still wasted on cashless card

ON THE CARD: Keith Pitt and Alan Tudge announce the Cashless Card for Bundaberg.

Letter writer says move is good, but not enough

Fuel and batteries stolen from council

DRAIN ON RESOURCES: Council has had property stolen.

The matter has been reported to police

Local Partners

Kia Stinger road test: Is beauty deeper than the metal?

This is no standard Kia, the Stinger is honed by a bloke who not long ago was the guru of BMW's go-fast M division.

Customers rage over baked beans change

Heinz Baked Beanz 420g is selling for $2.09 on Farmers Direct.Source:Supplied

Kraft Heinz announces changes to baked beans

Who's got the cutest pet of them all?

GOT A CUTE PET: The hunt is on for cutest pet.

Nominate a four-legged friend in the search for adorable fur baby

Shock Rocky killing: Years of chaos until new 'Croc Father' emerges

EXPERT OPINION: Koorana Crocodile Farm owner John Lever explains the flow-on effect after the death of Rockhampton's King Croc. Pictured, he feeds one of his bigger crocs. Photo Chris Ison

Local expert says brutal shooting was 'no chance meeting'

L'Oreal heiress and world's richest woman dead at 94

French businesswoman Liliane Bettencourt, the heiress of cosmetics giant L'Oreal and daughter of the company's founder, has died. Bettencourt was also considered the richest woman in the world.

L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt was worth $49 billion.

‘Double whammy’ influenza, hayfever strikes

Flu cases are on the rise this winter.

Hayfever season and flu season have overlapped this year

Mum slammed for sex talk with 12-year-old son

The post that sparked the debate on Mumsnet.

Parents on forums can be the worst sometimes