Do you think this is sexist?
“Let’s face it, men in Australia rely on women in Australia to do the childcare and to organise the childcare.”
From where I’m sitting – whilst it is a generalisation – it’s an unfortunate reality. In the same way women continue to battle for equal pay, there’s a cultural shift that needs to take place within Australian workplaces where dads are supported to share the childcare load.
"...men in Australia rely on women in Australia to do the childcare and to organise the childcare.” Image via ABC.
We should be talking about this imbalance more, because until this shift takes place, women will continue to be lumped with the burden of managing childcare.
I worry a lot about organising childcare.
My daughter is four months old and where we live in Melbourne’s inner west, places are scarce. There’s so few spots available that old hands tell you to apply while you are still in hospital after giving birth (yes - seriously), and a lot of stalking of poor centre managers goes on.
"Places are scarce." Image via iStock.
Then, if you win the wait list lottery, you have to think about your budget. In many households ‘what can we afford?’ is often followed by, ‘is it worth it?’
Following the release of Labor’s policy this week I’ve heard quite a few women say that increasing the rebate to $10,000 is the difference between whether they can pick up an extra day at work or not. Massive, right?
Of course, the Liberal Party have also committed to increasing the rebate to $10,000 (Alys Gagnon compares the policies here), but their childcare reforms are flagged to start in 2018, and are dependent on savings from cuts to family tax benefits. This article neatly summarises winners and losers.
In discussing the two different policies, someone mentioned to me that, while they sound great, they find it hard to trust either party to deliver the goods.
This comment made me reflect on why we don't have a great deal of faith in politicians.
Will either party deliver the goods?