There’s a reason why I can’t write this post under my real name. You see, most of my friends have kids. I have god children and two nephews and a niece I adore.
But as a 43 year old woman without kids, it’s impossible for me to say what I really feel about the idea of the Liberal party’s paid parental scheme because my parent friends would be horrified.
Before I continue, let’s get one thing straight – I love kids. I also agree that raising children is the cornerstone of society and as such, should be supported by taxpayers. To an extent, anyway.
But here’s another thing I believe strongly: all kids should be treated as equal by our government. As should the adults having them.
Which is why I am against Tony Abbott’s paid parental leave plan. Because it is not egalitarian – it is elitist. To pay a primary carer 26 weeks paid parental leave is idealistic at best. To pay them on the wage they earn normally is quite frankly, ridiculous.
Under Labor’s paid parental scheme, the Government pays a baby’s primary carer at the minimum wage, currently $622.20 per week for 18 weeks. In the current economic climate, this is more than fair. Meanwhile, the Coalition wants to introduce a 26-week replacement wage scheme where women earning up to $150,000 each year would be paid their full salary for the period of leave, including superannuation, which could be as much as $75,000 per pregnancy.